Governance of Land and Natural Resources in Sápmi – Sámi participation and self-governance; international law etc.

“Won't the grass grow just as well in the meadow whether you speak Norwegian or Sámi? Isn’t it enough that the Sámi has to buy the land that has been their own since ancient times?” Isak Saba asked this thought-provoking question in 1906; as a reaction to the legal requirement to master the Norwegian language in order to buy land from the state. For an equally long period, the right to land and natural resources in Sápmi has been the subject of discussions, e.g., on rights and governance. It is also the topics for this conference.

 The first main conference for the GoSápmi research project will be held in Lakselv, Finnmark, from 1 to 3 November 2022. The conference will particularly focus on international law and the requirements it places on Sámi participation in the governance of land and waters. In this connection, the former UN special rapporteur and professor at the University of Colorado and at UiT, S. James Anaya, has assessed the governance system for Finnmark. Togheter with professor Mattias Åhrén, he will present his findings in the conference's main lecture: The Finnmark Estate's management of natural resources; its compliance with international law on indigenous peoples' right to self-determination and self-governance - tentative observations. For more information, click here

Starts: 01.11.22 at 11.00
Ends: 03.11.22 at 12.00
Where: Lakselv
Location / Campus: Other
Target group: Students, Guests, Employees
Contact: Øyvind Ravna
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