Nordic countries set up Sámi reconciliation commissions to investigate indigenous injustices

Euractiv | Apr 7, 2021 at 3:18 PM
  • Colonial era policies in northern Scandinavia continue to affect Sámi life, culture and land use.
  • There are an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 Sámi in the Arctic regions, whose traditional homeland, an area collectively referred to as Sapmi, spans the Arctic regions of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula in Russia’s western Arctic.
  • The Norwegian body was established in 2018, while the Finnish government agreed to the formation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2019 and the Sámi in Sweden started their work on a similar structure in 2020.