President, ICC Chukotka and ICC Vice-Chair
In January 2009 Tatiana was elected as President of ICC Chukotka. Tatiana Achirgina was born on December 16, 1944 in Markovo, Chukotka (Russia). She graduated from secondary school in 1961 and completed her postsecondary degree at the Urals State University named after M. Gorky in 1966. Tatiana has been taking an active part in promoting the rights of Indigenous Peoples of Russia. She was one of the founders of the National Intelligentsia Council of Anadyr and the Association of Indigenous and Numbered Peoples of the Magadan Region. Tatiana also participated in the founding Congress of the Russian Association of the Indigenous Peoples of the North and the Far East. She attended meetings with the first ICC delegation to Russia in 1988 and was present as an observer at the V ICC’s General Assembly that took place in Sisimiut (Greenland) in 1989. From 1990 to 1992 she worked as a project coordinator with the newly established NGO “Yupik”. She was elected as Vice-President of the ICC (Chukotka Office) after “Yupik” had become part of the ICC in 1995. From 2002 to 2008 she was a member of the ICC Chukotka’s Executive Council. At the present time she is an editor of the State Chukchi-Inuit Performance Group “Ergyron”.