Last updated: December 31, 1969 (44 years ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Aleskam

(684020 Razdolny Setl, Kamchatka, Russian Federation)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1991
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Phone: +7-(0)415-31-97-1-40
  • Address:
    Loudmila Ignatenko
    60 Let Oktyabra Str 1, Apt 17
    684020 Razdolny Setl, Kamchatka,
    Russian Federation
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Sustainable Development

Community Description:

Aleskam is a community uniting the aboriginal peoples of Kamchatka. Our mission combines three goals: to assure the ecological health of the region; to influence legislation in the defense of indigenous peoples; and to develop infrastructure for ethno-ecotourism.
Our community is located 45 kilometers from Kamchatka’s only city, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatksky, and includes representatives from the Aleut, Innuit, Itelmen, Kamchadal, Koryak, and even Chukchee peoples. Today we have 146 members. We have united in order to preserve and revive our traditional lifestyles, occupations, and handicrafts–such as hunting, fishing, gathering, and others–and to bring back our spiritual culture.
Our community was founded in 1993 when a large hatchery was being built along the shores of a wild-salmon-spawning river located on our land. We originally united to ensure the environmentally safe operation of the hatchery. Thanks to our efforts to raise the awareness of the environmental community, and the office of the public prosecutor, the community forced the builders of the plant to conduct an environmental-impact statement.
Since that event, we have begun to address a much wider scope of environmental issues. We have also begun efforts to preserve the cultural treasures of our people and to revive our traditional feasts. As an example, the International Assembly of Aboriginals of the World took place on our territory. This event gathered representatives from Alaska, Canada, Poland, the United Kingdom, and other nations and aimed to conserve our national identity in the contemporary world.
The south of Kamchatka has traditionally been inhabited by natives. Many of the native settlements in the north of Kamchatka were closed in the past, forcing many of the inhabitants from those areas to migrate south. Our members, whose people are originally from the north, still maintain close contact with their relatives and friends, and we often participate in conferences, feasts, and events organized there (in the north of Kamchatka).
Some of the environmental issues that we have tackled include: (1) protecting spawning grounds from wastes introduced by settlements; (2) ensuring that the national parks that have been established in Kamchatka do not jeopardize the traditional lifestyles of Kamchatka’s indigenous peoples; and (3) fighting proposed gold mines that threaten healthy ecosystems. In addition, our community has a branch organization for youth called “EthnoInitiative.” The

Population

  • Adult Members: 142
  • Child Members: 48
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Join Fee: No

Diet

  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
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