The Russian Federation along with Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burundi, Georgia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Ukraine abstained from voting for or against the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007. Shortly after the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples releasing its Outcome Statement declaring an action plan to implement the UNDRIP, the Russian government issued a statement declaring that there are “no indigenous people” inside Russia. Despite the 190 non-Russian nations and just 78% of the State population actually being Russian, the government now pursues a policy of Russification–declaring all people within the Russian sphere as Russians.
The 2010 census of non-Russian peoples illustrated in this Olegzima published map in 2014 rather explains the Vladimir Putin inspired re-Russification program (education, language, national identity, history, customary practices) that essentially forces non-Russians into a Russian mold. The Russian population itself is dwindling every year and will have shrunk from its present 142 million to 120 million by about 2050. Meanwhile, the Fourth World nations’ populations continue to grow at a significant clip.
The Peoples’ Republic of China and states like Nigeria press their own programs to cover up the existence of indigenous peoples inside their territories. Fourth World Nations are resisting, but most states choose to say nothing or do anything to hold up the UNDRIP and demand compliance. By not condemning Russia’s policy or China’s for that matter, states that so willingly signaled their consensus acceptance of the UNDRP and the action plan for its implementation in 2014 need not account for their own failures.
The library is dedicated to the memory of Secwepemc Chief George Manuel (1921-1989), to the nations of the Fourth World and to the elders and generations to come.access here