Creative Business Forum

Preserve and Protect: Ethnic Languages in Cyberspace

15 Jun , 16:45–18:15
The Creative Industries of the North
Hilton ExpoForum (2nd floor), Hilton Hall
As part of the events of the Russian Federation’s Arctic Council Chairmanship 2021–2023

The Arctic is a treasure trove of cultural values, a civilization that is distinctive and harmonious with nature, and whose values are becoming a priority for the development of all mankind before our eyes. The year 2022 launched the International Decade of Indigenous Languages, a global UN initiative aimed at keeping many indigenous languages alive until the end of this century. Each language is not only a means of communication, but also a repository of unique knowledge, philosophies, worldviews, and creativity. All this knowledge can feed the creative economy with new ideas and meanings. New thinking about the preservation of linguistic and cultural diversity makes it possible not only to preserve, document, and digitize, but also to shape the cultural heritage of the future in real time. How do modern information technologies transform the socio-cultural space of the Polar Region? How can we give an impetus to documenting and expanding the traditional knowledge base of indigenous peoples? What kind of language content is most in demand? How can language activists be supported in the digital realm? What synergy can interregional and international cooperation offer? How to develop cross-border language projects amidst the crisis of international relations?

Aleksei Tsykarev, Vice Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Northern Crafts ID Project Coordinator at Association ECHO

Eremey Aipin, Writer
Nikolay Aprosimov, Head, AYANA Innovation Project; Head, A-PRO
Nina Veysalova, Vice President, Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON)
Antonina Gorbunova, Member of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Vadim Duda, General Director, Russian State Library
Kunihiko Yoshida, law professor of Hokkaido University (online)
Aysen Nikolaev, Head of Sakha Republic (Yakutia)
Lyubov Odzyal, President, Resident Public Organization Association of Indigenous People of the North of the Khabarovsk Region
Maya Sekine, Representative of the Ainu people (online)
Andrey Chemyshev, Researcher, Mari Research Institute of Language, Literature and History. V.M. Vasilyeva
Joseph Lewis Erb, Cherokee computer animator, film producer, educator, language technologist and artist (online)