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Centre for Sami Studies


The Centre for Sami Studies (Sesam) is an all-university resource centre for Sami and indigenous research, education and knowledge production at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. The centre promotes multidisciplinary research, education and outreach on Sami and indigenous issues. The centre is part of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, yet has the University as a whole as its responsibility.

The Árdna Award

Joho Niillas seminars 2020

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Árdna – the Sami cultural building of UiT
The Centre for Sami studies is responsible for Árdna – the Sami cultural building of the university. The name means a place with a treasure or something valuable. 

Árdna may be used for UiT meetings and events on working days, please see the intranet or contact the Centre for Sami Studies on for more information.

Árdna is closed for new bookings from today, Monday November 9th and until further notice due to the Corona-virus. Those who are already booked with events there this and in the coming weeks, please contact us on e-mail

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