Two events have just taken place in the Kirkenes, the North Eastern most city of Norway, both of them organised by the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples (WGIP) under the interregional Barents cooperation. One was a conference on Indigenous Peoples, Business & Environment on 9 February. The other was the 2nd Barents Indigenous Peoples’ Congress the day after.
Undisputed top star in both events was Dr. James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Mr. Anaya even took part in the full two days of gathering, a welcome practice hopefully characteristic of Indigenous contexts as opposed to the usual hit-and-run of keynote speakers in other contexts.
18 January 2011. A UN report examining the human rights situation of Sami people in Sweden, Finland and Norway calls on the Nordic states to provide Sami parliaments with more funding to help boost general knowledge of the indigenous Arctic people, their language and their culture.
El pueblo Sami, los hongos Amanita Muscaria y el origen de 'Santa Claus' y sus renos voladores (video)Categorías: Sapmi
16 April 2010 – European Nordic Governments agreed in principle today to restart talks on a convention with the Sami people in a move hailed by a United Nations human rights expert as potentially enhancing indigenous rights and self-determination.
“The proposed convention has the potential to strengthen Sami self-determination and protections for their rights to lands, natural resources and culture, in the face of ongoing human rights challenges,” UN Special Rapporteur on indigenous people James Anaya said. The Sami are the indigenous people in the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.
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The Sami Parliament expanded its cultural activities beyond the traditional Sami region for the first time this year. The annual arts event for Sami youths was held in Rovaniemi, which lies 170 kilometres south of the Sami region’s border.
According to statistics, only a quarter of Sami children live within the Sami region. Others are primarily concentrated in the capital region, Tampere, Oulu and Rovaniemi. Discussion of the linguistic and cultural rights of this scattered majority has only begun in recent years.
A multi stakeholder seminar was held in the Kautokeino, Norway yesterday which focussed on the issue of mining in Finnmark, an issue of some controversy in the region since the passing of the Finnmark Act which devolved desicion making powers over multiple resource issues to the region of Finnmark.
The seminar was attended by the leader of the EALÁT project and several EALÁT partners including the leader of the Sami Reindeer Herders Association of Norway. Heavyweight politicians were present, including the Parliamentary leader of the governing Labour Party Helga Pedersen and the leader of the mining company Store Norske Gull, who have been active in staking claims most particularly in the Karasjok region. Pedersen was unequivocal in her support for the future development of mining in the the region, which reindeer herders fear will mean the further erosion of winter pastures that are already under duress. Pedersen told NRK Sami Radio