Umeå, 27-28 May 2019

NORSIL Workshop on the Rights of the Sámi People and Sustainable Development: Leaving No One Behind in the Nordic Transition?


27 May 2019

Welcome and Presentation of the Workshop Series
 9h30 Dorothée Cambou & Malin Brännström

 Key Note Speech 

10h Challenges in achieving a just and inclusive transition                                      Åsa Larsson Blind – President of the Sámi Council

10h45 Coffee Break

The Views of Sámi Representatives

Faciltator, Malin Brännström

11h00 The right to speak the language of the heart – 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages – Eirik Larsen, Political adviser, Sámi Parliament in Norway

11h30 Cumulative impact assessment of Forestry in Finnish Sápmi – Jan Saijets, Sámi Parliament in Finland

12h00 The necessity to increase knowledge and data to ensure the inclusion of the Sámi people – Mathilda Månsson, Sámi Parliament in Sweden

12h30 Lunch


Faciltator, Christina Allard

13h30 Jenny Wik Karlsson, Svenska Samernas Riksförbund

14h00 Presentation of the report on “Good Practices for Environmental Impact Assessment and Meaningful Engagement in the Arctic, from the Ministry of Environment in Finland-Assi Harkoma, Arctic Centre, Finland

14h30 Break

The Views and Work of Human Rights Institutions

14h45 Johan Strömgren, Norwegian Human Rights Institution

15h15 Leena Leikas, Human Rights Centre, Finland

What actions do we take? 

15h45 Discussion on the production of an impact report and the development of future workshops

16h30 End of the meeting

19h00 Dinner at the expense of the NORSIL Network, Rex Rådhuset, Rådhustorget


28 May 2019


Faciltator, Stefan Kirchner

9h00 The Sustainability in viewing lands and resources in the Sámi traditional areas as a Collective Sámi Commons (as distinct from Sámi Community rights)- Mattias Åhren, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway

9h30 Forest and sustainability – Malin Brännström, Umeå University

10h00 Collaboration for conservation in Sápmi – Elsa Reimerson, Umeå University

10h30 Coffee Break

10h45 Mineral extraction in Swedish Sápmi: To what extent can Sámi influence permit decisions? – Christina Allard, Luleå University

11h15 Wind energy vs. Sámi reindeer herding: An assessment of the developing jurisprudence of Swedish courts- Dorothée Cambou and Emma Borg, University of Helsinki

11h45 “Significant harm” under Article 27 of CCPR- Leena Heinämäki, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

12h15 Lunch


Faciltator, Leena Heinämäki

13h15: Externally motivated Infrastructure Development in Sápmi: The Right to a Healthy Environment as a Procedural Tool for Indigenous Persons and Communities? – Stefan Kirchner, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

13h 45: Can “Sámi sustainability” create legal policies to protect Sámi lands and resources? – Corinna Casi, University of Helsinki

14h15 Towards Sustainability of the Sámi Communities: A Perspective from the Relationship between Traditional Knowledge and Impact and Benefit Agreements (IBAs) – Yu Long, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, via Skype

14h45 Coffee Break

What are the future steps?

15h00 Discussion on the publication of academic contributions

15h30 End of the Workshop

This event is financed by the Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS)

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