About Us

URALIC Centre for Indigenous Peoples was founded in 2017 by Oliver Loode – activist of the international Finno-Ugric civic movement, former Expert Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and Head of Cultural Programmes at Minority Rights Group International. For a short bio of Oliver, click here.  

While the origins of URALIC Centre lie in cultural and civic collaboration of indigenous Finno-Ugric and Samoyedic (i.e., Uralic) peoples, the mission of URALIC Centre is global – to protect and promote human rights and well-being of indigenous peoples worldwide, and in line with international law and norms, in particular the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).  However, due to the Centre’s location in Estonia, the main focus of our work is in the Baltic and Nordic states, Eastern Europe and Russia.  

URALIC Centre achieves its mission by forging long-term partnerships with indigenous peoples whose aspirations we share and whom we can support in a concrete and meaningful way. This may involve capacity-building for international advocacy, including with the UN system; design and coordination of transnational projects to promote indigenous peoples’ linguistic and cultural rights; and development of creative strategies for raising profile and promoting rights of our indigenous partners both domestically and abroad. For a summary of our current projects, click here

URALIC Centre is at the start of its journey and is open to new partnerships and collaborations. Let us know if you’d like to work with us to help empower world’s indigenous peoples.