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The closure of NÉDA ORDYM project in July 2013

NÉDA ORDYM Culture Tourism Project of the Indigenous Peoples of the North was officially closed on the 25th of July in 2013.

 
Representatives of Protected Nature Territories visited Inari, June 2013

Representatives of strictly protected nature territories from Nenets Autonomous District and the Komi Republic have visited Inari on 26th-29th of June 2013. There were Andrey Glotov, the vice-director of the State Nature Reserve “Nenetskiy” and Svetlana Zalesskaya – the specialist from the Department of the Strictly Protected Nature Territories of Komi Republic Center of Support of Operations of Strictly Protected Nature Territories and Land Use”. As a part of the visit, there was a meeting with Riina Tervo, who is a representative of Metsähallitus, a state-run enterprise that administers state-owned land and water areas in Finland, and a project manager of ABCG heritage ENPI CBC Kolarctic project. Participants of the meeting discussed opportunities for future cooperation. In addition, guests visited Petäjäsaari Island and got acquainted with the work of info center of the National park Lemmenjoki. There was also a presentation by Timo Halonen from hotel Korpikartano, on Special Features of Organizing Bird-watching Tour; the topic which currently is a new growing trend in Russia.

Strictly Protected Nature Territories of Russia Federation (in Russian)  http://volkam.zapoved.ru/


 

 
II International Tourism Forum, June 2013, Arkhangelsk

NÉDA project and Sami Education Institute have participated in the II International Tourism Forum “Nordic Vector in Tourism Development” that took place in Arkhangelsk, Russia between the 18th and 19th of June in 2013. During the work of Section A “Interregional and International Tourism Cooperation Development in the Context of the Northern Dimension: New Challenges” project manager Erkki Halmetoja gave a presentation “Development of International Ethno Tourism”, where he spoke about the cornerstones of ethno-cultural tourism, which are as well the key principles of NÉDA project. More information about the II International Tourism Forum in media in Russian:

Public Affairs Office of Governor and Government of Arkhangelsk Region, general information about the forum: http://www.dvinaland.ru/prcenter/release/38590/

By Pomore News about “Tourism Perspective in the North” http://www.pomorie.ru/news/perspektivi-turizma-na-severe

 
Testing Tour of a Tourism Product, State Nature Reserve ”Nenetskiy”, June 2013
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There was a testing tour of a tourism product to the State Nature Reserve “Nenetskiy” in Nenets Autonomous District between 13th and 16th of June in 2013. The aim of the testing tour was to identify capacity of the reserve for handling and organizing bird-watching guide tours. The testing group consisted of Matti Sillanpää – bird-watching guide from Finnature Ltd, Timo Halonen – bird-watching guide from Hotel Korpikartano, as well as representatives of Sami Education Institute and project NÉDA – Minna Haantie, Erkki Halmetoja, Ekaterina Sherstneva and Sergey Gabov. The programme consisted of accommodation at the research station “Bolshoy Gusinets”, day-tours to the island Kashin and other small islands nearby. There are altogether three reports produced by the members of the testing group, which would be used for improving the tourism product.


 
NÉDA Closing event in Naryan-Mar, June 2013

The official closing event of NÉDA project was held in Social-Humanitarian College on June, 13th, 2013. There were representatives of Sami Education Institute, project partners, co-operation partners from Nenets Autonomous District and associate partner from the Republic of Komi “Komy Voityr”. Project partners told about project activities and results, successes and challenges, and also about opportunities for future cooperation. Additionally, project student Natalya Latysheva has shown the results of her new work, which was inspired by the project – producing souvenir products. The guests from Finland visited Nenets museum of local lore, exhibition center and Nenets traditional tent ”Nerdenya”.


 
NÉDA ORDYM’s Final Seminar in Inari in May 2013

NÉDA ORDYM project’s final seminar was held in the Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos in Inari on May 17th 2013 starting at 9 am. The theme of the seminar was ‘The Present State and Future of Tourism of Northern Indigenous Peoples’. The seminar speakers and participants came from the Nenets Autonomous District, Komi Republic and Sámi Region in Finland. There was a simultaneous translation into Finnish and Russian in the seminar and it was open to the public. In the connection with the seminar, there was NÉDA’s steering group meeting.
Over the weekend, the project guests got acquainted with the tourism services of the Sámi Region.

 
NÉDA ORDYM’s Safety in Tourism Training in Komi Republic in April 2013

The last NÉDA ORDYM training for the project participants took place in the Komi Republic between April 22nd and 27th in 2013. The theme of the training was safety in tourism. After passing the exam regarding the training, all 19 participants were granted a safety pass in tourism. There was also a specialist from Saint Petersburg lecturing during the training. The main lecturer of the course was Paavo Nevalainen, a teacher from the Sámi Education Institute.

 
Testing Tour of Tourism Services in Northern Komi and Yamalo Nenets Autonomous District in Spring 2013

There was a testing tour of tourism services in Northern Komi and Yamalo Nenets Autonomous Distric between March 23rd and April 6th in 2013. The testing group consisted of Erkki Halmetoja, the Project Manager of NÉDA ORDYM and Nature and Wilderness Guide Timo Halonen, a representative of NÉDA partner, Hotelli Korpikartano.
The first part of the trip took place in Vorkuta and Inta in the Komi Republic. From there, the journey continued by train over the Ural Mountains to Yamalo Nenets Autonomous District where a Nenets reindeer herders’ winter camp was visited.

 
‘People of the Tundra’ Exhibition in Siida until End of May 2013

"People of the Tundra" exhibition tells about the life and culture of the Nenets people in the Nenets Autonomous District in Russia. The exhibition is displayed at Siida between February 15th and May 26th, 2013.The exhibition is implemented together with NÉDA project, Siida Museum and Regional Museum of NAO.
The representatives of the Regional Museum of NAO, the Head of Ethnography and Regional Art History Department Larisa Taleeva and the Science Officer of History Department Sergey Mitkin, accompanied the exhibits to Inari in order to help finalising the exhibition as well as to provide cultural advice regarding the exhibitis. They also gave a guided cultural tour for the Siida’s personnel and guides on the exhibits. The news clip about the exhibition in North Sámi with subtitles in Norwegian can be found at NRK TV Ođđasat News (9:44 -11:15). 

 
‘People of the Tundra’ Exhibition from Nenets Autonomous District in Siida in February 2013

Siida is currently bulding a new temporary exhibition called "People of the Tundra". This exhibition tells about the life of the Nenets people in the Nenets Autonomous District in Russia. It opens in February 2013. The exhibition is implemented together with NÉDA project and Regional Museum of NAO. The exhibition is displayed at Siida until May 2013.
You can check the blueprint of the exhibition here.

 
NÉDA ORDYM at Skábmagovat Film Festival in January 2013

NÉDA ORDYM project participates in the 15th anniversary of Skábmagovat Film Festival in Inari between January 31st and February 4th in 2013. There will be short films produced and directed by our project participants from the Komi Republic and Nenets Autonomous District shown in the festival. On the February 4th in Sámi Education Institute’s seminar, the directors of the movies will tell about their own production from the indigenous peoples’ perspective.

 
NÉDA ORDYM in ‘Leisure in North’ fair in Syktyvkar in December 2012

The NÉDA ORDYM project participated in the ‘Leisure in the North’ international fair in Syktyvkar, Komi Republic between December 3rd and 4th in 2012. The project shared a stand with the Inari Municipality in the fair. There was also a panel discussion ‘New opportunities for co-operation in the sphere of tourism in Arctic regions” taking place on the December 4th. The project manager also met with the NÉDA ORDYM project partners to discuss the further project activities and financing in 2013.

 
ENI seminar in Murmansk October 2012

Representatives of NÉDA, Erkki Halmetoja and Ekaterina Sherstneva, participated in the seminar ‘Best in Practice 2012 – Experience Driven Development in the European High North’ in Murmansk on October 30th and 31st in 2012. The seminar was organized by the Joint Managing Authority of Kolarctic ENPI CBC.
The aim of the seminar was to gain best learning outcomes in the project planning, implementation and monitoring under the framework of Kolarctic ENPI program. This included presenting current program achievements, exchanging experiences, introducing good practices and learning from mistakes. At the same time, the seminar became wonderful opportunity for project management specialists for meeting and networking in official and evening events.

 
ORDYM Media Training in Komi Republic in October 2012

ORDYM media training took place in village Yb, Syktyvkar Region, Komi Republic between October 16th and 20th in 2012. The aim of the training was to provide prerequisites for the course participants to be able to produce short films or video clips independently after the media course. During the training, the participants got acquainted with the cameras and editing software needed in making of short films as well as familiarise with film making process. The purpose of this training is to utilise the acquired skills in the marketing of the participants’ own tourism products. This intensive course was primarily aimed at tourism related small scale entrepreneurs from Komi Republic. The instructors of the training period were media professionals Joonas Saari and Anja Ahola. The media training was organised by Sámi Education Institute, Komi Voityr, Ministry of National Policies of the Republic of Komi and Finno-Ugric Ethnocultural Park from the Komi Republic.
The short films produced during the training period can be viewed here:
My Beloved Village, I Sing for You’ 
‘Holy Water Spring'
‘I Am Not an Alien, I Am Komi’
‘Zarni An, Amulet of Komi People’
‘From Places of Interest in the Village of Yb to Grandmothers’ Dresses'
’DREAM life in Ancestral Estate’
‘Restless Grandmother’
‘How It All Started’
And here you can watch how it was accomplished: 'Making of Media Training in Komi’ directed by J. Saari and A.Ahola

 
Opening of Siida Exhibition in Naryan-Mar in October 2012

The exhibition Sámi Duodji of the Sámi Museum Siida was opened at the Regional Museum of Nenets Autonomous Okrug in October 11th, 2012. The touring exhibition on Sámi handicraft produced by the Sámi Museum Siida will be displayed at Nenets Regional Museum in Naryan-Mar from October, 2012 to February 2013. Nenets culture, in turn, will be exhibited at Siida from February 2013 on. This exhibition exchange between two arctic museums that present two different nomadic cultures is realized as part of the project NÉDA. More information about Siida’s exhibition can be read here.

 
NÉDA ORDYM Versatilely Displayed at Barents Fair in September 2012

NÉDA ORDYM was highly visible at Barents Fair in Saariselkä, Inari Municipality on September 13th and 14th in 2012. In addition to fair stand which our project shared with other actors from Sámi Education Institute, there was a Nenets group Hanibtsö (owl in Nenets language) performing at the Fair realised as cultural exchange of NÉDA. Furthermore, the Komi Republic had their own stand where ORDYM project partners and other dignitaries from Komi Republic exhibited tourism in the Komi Republic. During their visit, our project’s guests from Komi also explored tourism services in the Sámi Home Region.

 
NÉDA Media Training in Naryan-Mar in September 2012

NÉDA project organised media training in Naryan-Mar between September 12th and 18th in 2012. The aim of the training was to provide prerequisites for the course participants to be able to produce short films or video clips independently after the media course. During the training, the 13 participants got acquainted with the cameras and editing software needed in making of short films as well as familiarise with film making process. The purpose of this training is to utilise the acquired skills in the marketing of the participants’ own tourism products. This intensive course was primarily aimed at tourism related small scale entrepreneurs and NÉDA students from NAO. The instructors of the training period were media professionals Joonas Saari and Anja Ahola.
The short films produced during the training period can be viewed here:
‘Going Back to Reality’ directed by S.Kuznetsov
‘Student Is Prepared for Anything’ directed by G.Zhdanov, E.Korelskaya, I.Bodrova and A. Arteev
‘Theory of Chaos or Way towards Light’ directed by V.Ardeev and A.Vylka
‘I Like …’ directed by M.Chapovskaya
‘Life in Tundra’ WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES directed by S.Kuznetsov, S.Batmanov and I. Shulakova
‘Parallel Crossovers’ directed by A.Ledkov
‘Right Choice’ directed by I.Shulakova
‘Justified Victim’ directed by S.Batmanov
‘Reindeer Are Also Humans’ WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES directed by G.Zhdanov, E.Korelskaya, I.Bodrova and A. Arteev
‘Wishes’ WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES directed by M.Chapovskay, M.Chuprov, S.Neverov, V.Ardeev and A.Vylka
And here you can watch how it was accomplished: ‘Making of Media Course in Naryan-Mar 2012’ directed by J. Saari and A.Ahola
An article about the media training in the ‘Vybor NAO’ newspaper in Russian can be viewed here.

 
Experiencing Nature in Tundra in September 2012

While in NAO, the Project Manager Erkki Halmetoja tested a two-day nature tourism programme provided by ‘Hanavei Sja’ (Falcon's Cliff in Nenets language) tourism enterprise in the Nenets tundra. Mid-September was a perfect time for testing this product as white-fronted geese and barnacle geese were preparing for their autumn migration as were the swans.  During the tour, other aquatic birds were also observed as well as white-tailed eagles. There were thousands of birds. There were also visits to otter’s and arctic fox’s dens as well as seals were spotted swimming in the Pechora Delta. The programme was well realised and it was pleasurable to notice that the lectures provided by NÉDA project had had an impact.

 
NÉDA Steering Group Meeting in Inari in August 16th, 2012

The steering group meeting of NÉDA project was held in Inari on the 16th of August, 2012. There were representatives of our project partners from the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Komi Republic and from Sámi Homeland. Concurrently, there was a seminar and the 5th anniversary meeting of BEBO, that is, an international joint-organisation of educational networks in the fields of reindeer husbandry and other traditional livelihoods. Furthermore, the annual indigenous peoples’ music festival, Ijahis Idja, took place in Inari.

 
Testing of Tourism Activity Services and Seminar in Ural Mountains, Komi Republic in June 2012

NÉDA ORDYM project’s testing of tourism activity services and seminar trip took place in the Komi Republic between 11th and 18th of June in 2012. The participants from the Sámi Education Institute included Tourism Industry study programme’s teacher Irma Lehtola and Vice Rector, Maritta Mäenpää. The Komi Republic’s delegation consisted of the Chairman of Komi Voityr, Sergei Gabov, Deputy Minister of the Economic Development of the Komi Republic, Olga Konakova and other administrative representatives as well as district officials in charge of developing tourism, totalling 35 persons. The route of the testing tour went from Syktyvkar to Mikun by car, to Inta by night train, from Inta to a Holiday Village Zelannoe by Ural, cross-country passenger trucks, and returned to Syktyvkar by same route. On excursions, the group became acquainted with the sights of National Park Yugyd Va, and quartz and rock crystal mine, both situated at the Ural’s Arctic Circle. Additionally, they visited a provincial history museum and the water tower in the city of Inta. The programme also included a seminar on current developmental issues of municipalities/districts specifically from tourism’s perspective. Seminar topics also included information on Sámi Educate Institute’s Tourism Industry study programme, NÉDA ORDYM project as well as on the emphases of tourism development of the Inari Municipality. The representatives of the Sámi Education Institute also carried on negotiations with the representatives of Vertas Tour travel agency in Syktyvkar regarding the development and marketing of tourism activity functions.

 
NÉDA ORDYM Training Period Started in Inari again in April 2012

The NÉDA ORDYM students from NAO and Komi Republic arrived to Inari for the training period held between 22nd and 28th of April, 2012. This period’s main theme was international marketing and the main lecturer was Sisko Poikela from Lapland Tourism College. In addition, Kirsi Suomi lectured on ‘Tourism and Photography’. During the training period, our visitors became also acquainted with tourism in the Utsjoki Municipality. Furthermore, the Sámi Education Institute’s students from nature-based services organised an activity day for NÉDA ORDYM students in Toivoniemi, Inari.

 
NÉDA ORDYM Presented in Toivoniemi in April 2012

As part of entrepreneurship training period, the Sámi Education Institute’s students from nature-based services and reindeer husbandry study programmes became acquainted with NÉDA ORDYM project on the 17th of April, 2012. Besides the project’s introduction, Kirsi Suomi lectured on cultural sustainability and authenticity in tourism and Ekaterina Sherstneva introduced the students to Murmansk Region in her presentation. During the day, the students planned a potential tourism product targeting tourist from Murmansk Region. At the end of the day, the students tried to market their products to a ‘tour company’ from Murmansk.

 
Tourism Study Line Students of Sámi Education Institute Visited Naryan-Mar in March 2012

The tourism study line students of the Sámi Education Institute visited Nenets Autonomous Okrug and, at the same time, networked with cultural tourism students of NÉDA project between March 26th and April 2nd in 2012. In addition to visiting local tourism enterprises, there was a common training period for students of the Sámi Education Institute and NÉDA project. The main theme of this study period was safety in tourism industry. Additionally during this study period, there were lectures, for example, on pricing in international tourism, consumer protection and its related insurances and warranties as well as on sustainable tourism.

 
Small-scale Entrepreneurs from Nenets Autonomous Okrug Visited Inari in February 2012

There were eleven small-scale entrepreneurs and tourism related visitors from Nenets Autonomous Okrug and Arkhangelsk Oblast coming for one-week training in Inari between 21st and 28th February, 2012. The themes of training included the basics of sustainable tourism and authenticity of the products concentrating on NÉDA ORDYM’s three E s principles, that is, on ethnic, ecological and ethic sustainability. Additionally, there were lectures, for example, on pricing in international tourism, consumer protection and its related insurances and warranties. The training also included visits to local enterprises in order to get acquainted with practical aspects of small-scale entrepreneurship.

 
NÉDA ORDYM and the Sámi Education Institute Participated in Film Event in the Komi Republic in November 2011

A Finno-Ugric Film Event ‘Tuivezh’ took place in Syktyvkar, Komi Republic between the 16th and 19th of November in 2011. There were three documentary films participating in the film event which were produced by the Sámi Education Institute and made by the media study line from the Sámi Education Institute and their participation was sponsored by NÉDA ORDYM project.
The Sámi Education Institute’s media study line raised great interest among the media professional participating in the film event. ‘Doložis duddjojuvvon’ (Kuksa, that is, Birch Burl Cup) film was awarded with special prize for the aesthetic realisation of the topic. The film is directed by Vilma Rautakangas, the cameramen are Henri Portti and Janne Kyrö, the sound recording is by Vilma Rautakangas and editing by Sunna Kitti. The teachers of the film course were Erkki Feodoroff and Aki Harju. The film was made in co-operation with Interactive Sápmi – project. In addition, the other two films made by the Sámi Education Institute’s media study line as student work amazed by their high professional quality.
Furthermore, there were the producer and reporter Ritva Torikka and reporter Kirsti Helena Länsman from the Finnish broadcasting company YLE Sámi Radio participating in the film event. Ritva Torikka held a workshop for her international colleagues. In the workshop, they generated ideas of producing and making of children’s films as well as presented the production of children’s films by the Sámi Radio. In the film event, Anja Ahola’s ‘Suomi tuli Saamenmaahan’ (When Finland came to Sámiland) film was shown in the event as well as one ‘Unna Junna’ children’s film in Sámi. In addition, one of the NÉDA students, Alexandra Fomina, from Naryan-Mar, NAO participated in the film event with her film «Ненецкий чум» (Nenetsian traditional tent). Alexandra Fomina’s participation was financed by NÉDA project.
Report on ‘Tuivezh’ and award for Kuksa mentioned by Komiinform, Komi Republic’s Information Agency in Russian
Images from the festival’s closing ceremonies by Krasnoe Znamya, a newspaper from Komi Republic
General information of ‘Tuivezh’ by Finno-Ugric Cultural Centre of the Russian Federation in Russian
News clip on festival by Jurgan, the Komi Republic TV Channel in Russian
News clip on festival by Komi Republic's Broadcasting Company in Komi and Russian

 
Sámi Culture went to Naryan-Mar in September 2011

Argish Nadezhdy cultural festival took place in Naryan-Mar, Nenets Autonomous Okrug between the 23rd and 25th of September 2011. The most important cultural contribution by NÉDA to Argish Nadezhdy festival of living Sámi culture was ULDA, an ensemble that performs traditional and modern Sámi yoik. ULDA consists of Ulla Pirttijärvi-Länsman, Marko Jouste and Mikko Vanhasalo. ULDA was one of the main performers at Argish Nadezhdy cultural festival.
Argish Nadezhdy in the media in Russian:
Report and newsflash by Pomorie found at  http://www.pomorie.ru/news/argish-nadegdi-1
Reports regarding the festival also found at http://fucongress.org/news/mezhregionalnyy-festival-nacionalnyx-kultur-argish-nadezhdy/ and http://severnash.ru/3034-v-nao-otkroetsya-festival-nacionalnyh-kultur-argish-nadezhdy.html
As well as a video clip of ULDAsta performing at Argish Nadezhdy festival (2.25 – 3.17 min) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLNCizzd94s

 
The 90th Anniversary of the Komi Republic

The Komi Republic celebrated its 90th Anniversary between 19th and 22nd August, 2011. NÉDA ORDYM’s Project Manager, Erkki Halmetoja, and the Delegation of Inari Municipality participated in the festivities. There was also an international tourism forum held in connection with republic’s celebrations. In the forum, Halmetoja presented the cornerstones of NÉDA ORDYM: ethnic, ethic and ecological sustainability as well as the authenticity of products and services. The presentation attracted interest and aroused lively discussions.
The celebrations also included taking part in the opening of the Ethnocultural Park in the village of Yb. The culmination of the 90th Anniversary festivities included helicopter transportation from Uhta to Manpupuner, the rock formations at the heart of Ural Mountains. On the return journey, the guests had a chance to travel on the new tourist train, Northern Lights. More information about the the tourist train can be found in Russian at http://sdelanounas.ru/blogs/6962/

 
NÉDA ORDYM’s Third Training Seminar in Inari in August 2011

NÉDA ORDYM’s third training seminar took place in Inari, Finland, between 14th and 21st of August in 2011 with 18 project participants. Ten project students came from the Komi Republic and eight from Nenets Autonomous Okrug. In addition, the tourism industry students from the Sámi Education Institute participated in NÉDA ORDYM’s third training seminar. The theme of the seminar was the organising of cultural events from touristic perspective. The lecturers of this seminar included Timo Tervo, Education Planner of the Educational Association of Citizens’ Forum and Programme Manager of Jutajaiset, who introduced the activities, marketing and organising of Jutajaiset, and Mia Kärnä, Managing Director of Lapin Loitsu, who lectured, among other topics, on the communication marketing and creation of images of cultural events. The training unit also included excursions to local tourism enterprises within the area of Inari Municipality. Additionally, five performers and four representatives of project partners from Nenets Autonomous Okrug arrived on the 17th of August in 2011. The third NÉDA ORDYM seminar culminated in the Music Festival of Indigenous Peoples, Ijahis Idja. More information about Ijahis Idja at http://www.ijahisidja.fi/

 
Planning of Cultural Co-operation in Naryan-Mar in August 2011

The Director of the Finnish Sámi Museum Siida, Tarmo Jomppanen, and Head Curator, Arja Hartikainen, visited Naryan-Mar between 11th and 12th of August 2011. Also Erkki Halmetoja and Ekaterina Sherstnova from the Sámi Education Institute’s NÉDA ORDYM project were present. During the visit, negotiations regarding the exhibition exchange between Siida and Nenets Regional Museum took place in Naryan-Mar. Furthermore, the Museum Director, Elena Menshakova, introduced the Regional Museum as well as the premises reserved for Siida’s forthcoming exhibition in Naryan-Mar. By the same token, the Nenets Regional Museum Director, Elena Menshakova, visited Siida in Inari on the 19th of August 2011.
In Naryan-Mar, NÉDA ORDYM project employees met with NÉDA project partners discussing current issues.

 
Visitors to Komi Republic from Inari in July 2011

In July, Irma Lehtola, the Teacher of Tourism Industry from the Sámi Education Institute as well as Erkki Halmetoja, the NÉDA ORDYM Project Manager, and Ekaterina Sherstneva, the NÉDA ORDYM Project Assistant, visited a village of Ust-Tsilma in northern Komi. The journey included a three-day trip in the upper course the River Pizhma in the middle of scenic wilderness.
In Ust-Tsilma, there was also ORDYM seminar regarding the history of the traditional Gorka celebration connected to the theme of organising traditional fairs in the region. The seminar had ten project participants. Additionally, the whole project delegation of 17 people attended the local Petrovshina and Gorka celebrations in northern Komi.

 
Visitors to Inari from the Komi Republic in June 2011

A delegation from the Komi Republic arrived to Inari on the 13th of June 2011. The group of guests consisted of Komi Republic’s administrative representatives including ministers and municipalities’ administrative officials in charge of tourism, as well as ORDYM project partners. During a week’s visit, the delegation got acquainted with various local small and larger scale tourism enterprises and resorts in Inari and the Finnish Lapland. Additionally, the programme incorporated administrative and educational institute visits.  The aim of the whole excursion was to introduce the versatility of tourism in the Sámi Region and Northern Finland.

 
Tourism Forum in Arkhangelsk, Russia in May 2011

NÉDA ORDYM project was presented in the Tourism Forum in Arkhangelsk, Russia that took place between the 25th and the 28th of May in 2011. More information about the Tourism Forum in Arkhangelsk in Russian: http://forum.pomorland.info/ru/.
The International Tourism Forum in Arkhangelsk and NÉDA in media in Russian:
Pomore News; general information about the forum with a newsflash: http://www.pomorie.ru/news/turoperatorov-mira-poznakomili-s-pomorem#video
In the Pravda Severa newspaper: http://www.pravdasevera.ru/print.html?article=1051781790
By IA REGNUM, forum’s official news agency: http://www.regnum.ru/news/tourism/1407731.html
By Planeta News Agency about the emphasis on ecological factors:
http://adv.system-r.su/molniya/8432-arhangelsk-severnye-gosti-govoryat-ob-ekologii.html
Photo galleries of the Forum by Nord Portal:
http://nordportal.ru/photoreports/detail.php?ID=169597&page=1
http://nordportal.ru/photoreports/detail.php?ID=169987&page=1

 
NÉDA ORDYM Students to Visit Inari in May 2011

Sixteen students from the Nenets Autonomous Okrug and Komi Republic participated in the second study unit in Inari, Finland, from the 15th to 22nd of May, 2011. The theme of the training unit was customer service. Irja Jefremoff from the Sámi Education Institute lectured on customer service and Erkki Halmetoja and Kirsi Suomi introduced the topic of ethnic tourism. In addition to thematic studies, the students became acquainted with bird watching both in theory and practice guided by Timo Halonen from Inari Event Lapland. Additionally, the Sámi Education Institute’s wilderness and nature guide students as well as tourism industry students organised different tourism activities for our visitors. The unit also included excursions to local tourism enterprises and resorts in Inari and the Finnish Lapland in order to provide practical examples on theoretical studies.
YLE Sámi Radio reported on the visit in North Sámi in http://yle.fi/sapmi/oddasat/2011/05/sog_ovttasbarga_nenetsa_ja_komi_nuoraiguin_ovddidan_dihte_turismma_2629035.html
The news clip in North Sámi with text in Norwegian can be found at http://www.nrk.no/nett-tv/klipp/739943/ (5min 28s – 7min 35s)

 
Training Seminar Launched ORDYM in the Komi Republic in March 2011

The Project Manager of NÉDA ORDYM from the Sámi Education Institute, Erkki Halmetoja, and the Head of the Komi Voityr, Sergei Gabov, opened the first ORDYM study unit in the village of Vidsjabosh outside of Syktyvkar on the 29th of March in 2011. The duration of the seminar was four days from the 29th to 31st of March. Themes of the first study unit included the basics of ethno-tourism (indigenous tourism) from ethnic, ethic and ecologically sustainable basis. Additionally, there were presentations on starting points of tourism and consumer protection from European point of view as well as on tourism experiences and resorts in the Sámi Region. Seminar lecturers included NÉDA ORDYM Project Manager Erkki Halmetoja, Project Assistant Kirsi Suomi, Director of a travel agency Vaertas Tour from Komi Republic, Ludmila Kozhevina and Deputy Director for Science of National Park Yugyd Va, Elena Shubnitsina. In the first study unit, there were over 20 participants who already participate in tourism industry as tourism-related entrepreneurs and/or represent different tourism resorts. The participants came from all over Komi Republic. Additionally, representatives from various administrative units and local media visited the seminar.
Erkki Halmetoja’s interview in Russian in a Komi newspaper Respublika:
http://www.gazeta-respublika.ru/article.php/37180

 
Testing Tour of a Tourism Product in Kanin Peninsula in March 2011

There was a testing tour of a tourism product in the Kanin Peninsula between 17th and 22nd of March in 2011. Our testing group consisted of following persons: Erkki Halmetoja, Kirsi Suomi and Natalia Salo from the Sámi Education Institute, Timo Halonen from the Finnish project partner Inari Event Lapland, Vladislav Peskov, Deputy of the Arkhangelsk Regional Parliament, entrepreneur Vladimir Njurov and merchant Alexander Melnik. In addition, Antti Hentinen from Finnish Moottori magazine and Vladimir Potsetsikin from Nenets Autonomous Okrug Vybor newspaper represented media.
The tested tourism product consisted of accommodation in the village of Karipolje and day-tours to a gulag camp and Nenets reindeer herders’ winter camp. The programme in the Nenets reindeer herders’ winter camp contained observing everyday chores, travelling to tundra and village reindeer races on sledges pulled by a team of reindeer. On longer distances of the testing tour, the form of transport was snowmobiles, both local Buran and western ones. Additionally, the tour included a guided-tour in Arkhangelsk. More detailed account of the testing tour can be found here in English and in Russian.
An article about the testing tour in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug Vybor newspaper in Russian: http://www.vnao.ru/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=948:2011-05-06-05-44-15&catid=124:-19-20-159-160&Itemid=314

 
Evening Course launched NÉDA Study Units in NAO from the 14th to 26th of March in 2011

The opening of NÉDA was held in conjunction with the first study unit in Naryan-Mar (NAO) on the 14th of March in 2011. The Governor of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Igor Fjodorov, also attended the NÉDA opening ceremony. There are fifteen students with no prior acquaintance of tourism industry who started the NÉDA tourism training course. The students were chosen from among thirty prospective young Nenets who were interested in entering the tourism field. The chosen students come from all over the Nenets Autonomous Okrug. Themes of the first study unit included the basics of ethno-tourism (indigenous tourism) from ethnic, ethic and ecologically sustainable basis. Additionally, there were presentations on starting points of tourism as well as on tourism experiences in the Sámi Region lectured by NÉDA ORDYM Project Manager Erkki Halmetoja and Project Assistant Kirsi Suomi. Additionally, the study unit contained lectures on basics of entrepreneurship and tourism business with visits to local enterprises. The latter part of the study unit was taught by local teachers.
Articles and newsreel about the project in Russian in the NAO’s media:
In the Nenets Autonomous Okrug Vybor newspaper: http://www.vnao.ru/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=873:2011-03-22-17-17-12&catid=119:-10-11-150-151&Itemid=304
In the Narjana vynder - newspaper:
 http://nvinder.ru/?t=sm&d=17&m=0000003&y=2011&n=9
On the Naryan-Mar TV: http://www.newstube.ru/media/neda-okruga

 
NÉDA ORDYM project was launched in November 2010

NÉDA ORDYM Culture Tourism Project of the Indigenous Peoples of the North commenced on the 26th of November in 2010.