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TRUCOM


The TRUCOM project will examine how the Norwegian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) established by the Norwegian Parliament in 2018, interprets and implements its mandate.

The project will undertake a historical mapping of the Norwegian Authorities’ assimilation policy towards the indigenous Sami, the Kven and Norwegian Finns minorities; examine the repercussions of this policy; and recommend measures to the government aimed at greater equality between the majority population and these minority groups in Norway. The project will generate new knowledge on how mature democracies that have historically pursued an aggressive assimilation policy towards minority groups can organize and implement a restorative process to foster reconciliation between the state, the majority population and indigenous/minority groups. The project will build on previous research and draw on experiences from truth and reconciliation efforts in other welfare states, such as Canada, Greenland, and Australia.

The objectives of the research project

The overall objective of this project is to study how Norway - a well-established democratic welfare state - attempts to settle the negative effects of long-lasting policies of assimilation and discrimination against indigenous and minority groups through the establishment of a formal truth and reconciliation commission. 

We ask: How and in what ways will the Norwegian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) lay the foundations for truth and reconciliation between the Sami and the Kven/Norwegian Finns on the one hand, and the majority population on the other?

The organisation of TRUCOM

The project is organizationally affiliated with Institute for Child Welfare and Social Work at UiT Norway's Arctic University, and is a collaborative project with Chr. Michelsens Institute in Bergen.

In addition to the project group which belongs to several institutes at Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education (see the Project group tab), the project has anm Advicory board consisting of Birgitta FossumAlejandro Fuentes, Mia Krogh, Veli-Pekka Lehtola, Ronald Niezen og Joanna Quinn