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Truth and Reconciliation Commission Concerning the Sámi People Inaugural Seminar

February 8 @ 12:00 - 16:00

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Concerning the Sámi People

Inaugural Seminar

8 February 2022, 12.00–16.00

Online via Zoom

 

The Government appointed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Concerning the Sámi People on 28 October 2021. The matter has been prepared in close cooperation with representatives of the Finnish state, the Sámi Parliament and the Skolt Sámi Siida Council. The aim of the Commission is to collect Sámi people’s experiences of the actions of the Finnish state and its various authorities and to make this information visible to the public.

 

The Prime Minister’s Office appointed a monitoring group for the Commission on 5 November 2021. The task of the monitoring group is to support the Commission in its work.

 

At the inaugural seminar of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we will learn about international experiences of truth and reconciliation processes and hear from experts specialising in indigenous peoples’ issues and truth and reconciliation processes. After the speeches, there will be time for questions and discussion.

 

Opening remarks at the event will be delivered by Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson, President of the Sámi Parliament Tuomas Aslak Juuso and Skolt Sámi Elder Veikko Feodoroff. The event will be hosted by Anni-Kristiina Juuso, Secretary General of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Concerning the Sámi People.

 

Event can be streamed via this link https://zoom.us/j/99819331982?pwd=MlFWRHBXWHpITmFLWmJ2YisrMWtBZz09

 

Seminar will be interpreted into the Sámi languages, Finnish and English.

 

Schedule (Subject to changes, all times are +02:00 GMT)

12.00 Welcome and Introduction

Anni-Kristiina Juuso, Secretary General of the Commission

 

12.05–12.35 Opening speeches

Anna-Maja Henriksson, Minister of Justice

Tuomas Aslak Juuso, President of the Sámi Parliament

Veikko Feodoroff, Skolt Sámi Elder

 

12.35–13.30 Perspectives on the Commission’s work

Anni-Kristiina Juuso, Secretary General of the Commission

Veli-Pekka Lehtola, Researcher, Professor of Sámi Culture

Antti Pentikäinen, Research Professor

Helga West, Doctoral Researcher

Ristenrauna Magga, Counsellor of Social Welfare (honorary title)

 

13.30–13.45 Discussion, Questions and Answers

 

13.45–14.15 Coffee break

 

14.15–14.45 Overview of the Commission’s work

Irja Jefremoff, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Concerning the Sámi People

Henrik Haapajärvi, State Secretary, Chair of the Commission’s monitoring group

 

14.45–15.00 Discussion, Questions and Answers

 

15.00–15.30 Experiences of truth and reconciliation processes

Commission to Investigate the Norwegianisation Policy and Injustice Against the Sámi, Kven/Norwegian Finnish Peoples, Chair of the Commission Dagfinn Høybråten

Chair of the Governing Circle, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Honourary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux

Human Rights Consultant, specialized in transitional justice, Eduardo Gonzales

 

15.30–15.45                            Discussion, Questions and Answers

 

15.45–16.00                            Closing remarks

Anni-Kristiina Juuso, Secretary General of the Commission

 

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Contact: info@sdtsk.fi

 

Details

Date:
February 8
Time:
12:00 - 16:00

Venue

Zoom