Sami Culture Policy Summit

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Sami Culture Policy Summit

6-7th of March 2019 in Umeå, Sweden

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The Sami Culture Policy Summit will contribute to the future of Sami cultural policy by raising awareness about the situation of indigenous peoples and the Sámi cultural sector in all parts of the Swedish society. We will talk about how to reach out to new audiences, how to expand networks and create new opportunities for Sami artists and organisations. At the summit we will discuss the future of culture policy in Sápmi and how the Sámi cultural sector can be developed.

The objective is to create a strategic long-term direction for Sámi culture policy in Sápmi, as part of indigenous peoples in the world.

Culture plays a significant part in development of society and strengthening democracy. The role of Sami culture in community building and visibility of indigenous peoples are essential, in line with international experiences. By inviting international and indigenous experts to the summit, we want to explore other perspectives and examples of policy and development.

The Sami cultural institutions in Sweden have the ambition to visualize, problematize and contribute to the understanding about the Sami people. The Sami cultural institutions – Giron Sámi Teáhter (theatre), Sámi Duodji (handicraft), Tráhppie cultural centre, Sami Library and Gaaltije, south Sami cultural centre, alongside the Mountain and Sami Museum Ájtte, are the main arenas of Sami culture. The funding from the Swedish state towards Sami culture is seriously underfinanced. In comparison, the Norwegian state funding towards Sami culture is seven to eight times higher than that of the Swedish state. This means that Sami culture exist on a very fragile basis that limits it’s possibilities.

Sweden is repeatedly criticized for the treatment of its own indigenous people. Primarily, the international criticism is about strengthening the opportunities for indigenous peoples to retain and develop their culture in their traditional land areas, to participate in meaningful and effective decision-making processes at local, regional and national level and to secure Sami influence when decisions are made that affect them. Critics also clearly stress the need for specific legislation, such as ILO169, to protect Sami rights. Såhkie – Umeå Sámi association has therefore taken the initiative, in collaboration with Gíron Sámi Téahter, to a summit with the aim of highlighting, cultivating and creating a strategic long-term direction for Sami cultural policy in Sápmi, as part of the indigenous peoples of the world.

Såhkie, as organizer, invites cultural actors in Sápmi and the Nordic region, international and indigenous experts, Sami culture organisations and artists, government agencies, politicians, civil servants, researchers and professionals involved in the Sami community.

6th of March, 11.00 a.m. – 21.45 p.m.

Hosts: Per-Jonas Partapuoli and Anne Wuolab
Producers: Sanne-Ristin Bengtsson and Eva Conradzon
Conference service and registration: Tina Jonsson
Conference language: English as the main language and Sami for those who choose it.
Interpretation between Sami and English: John Erling Utsi

10:00 Registration

12:00 Lunch in Teepees at the main square Rådhustorget

12:45 Performance with Maj Doris Rimpi and Åsa Simma

13.00 Welcome Michael Lindblad, president of Såhkie Sami Association

13:05 Opening speech Amanda Lind, Minister for Culture and Democracy

13:20 Keynote Stephen Loft, Director Creating Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, Canada. Rage and Reconciliation

13:50 The Sami Culture Institutions and their conditions. Åsa Simma – Giron Sámi Teáhter, Solveig Labba-Sámi Handicraft Foundation, Susanne Idivouma- Sámi library, Jerker Bexelius – Gaaltije South Sámi cultural centre, Michael Lindblad Tráhppie Sámi cultural center, Elina Nygårdh Ájtte – Swedish Mountain and Sami Museum

14:20 Sámi Parliament, Ingrid Inga, Chair of the cultural committee, Sámi parliament of Sweden

14:35 The Conditions for Sámi Artists. Panel discussion Sámi’s from different cultural fields. Johan Sandberg McGuinne Litterature, Ola Stinnerbom Dance, Biret Risten Sara Joik, Anders Sunna Art, Oskar Östergren Film

15:05 Coffee break

15:30 Keynote Kaisa Rautio Helander, Professor of Sami onomastics at Sámi allaskuvla, Guovdageaidnu, Norway. Decolonization of naming practices: Right to designate and retain indigenous names for communities and places

16:00 The four Northern Regional Council’s in Sápmi/Sweden. Region Västerbotten Nina Björby Chair Cultural committee, Region Norrbotten Tomas Vedestig Chair Cultural committee, Region Jämtland Härjedalen Karin Thomasson Member of the Regional Executive Board

16:25 Performance Biret Risten Sara

16:40 How can Sámi cultural development be strengthened? Panel discussion with Sámi representatives, officials and politicians in the cultural sector. Ingrid Inga Chair of the cultural committee Sámi Parliament Sweden, Staffan Forssell Director General Swedish Arts council, Steven Loft Director Creating Knowing and Sharing Canada, Christina Haetta Head of the Cultural Unit Saami Council Norway, Nina Björby Chair Cultural committee Region Västerbotten

17:20 Summing-up day 1. Per-Jonas Partapuoli and Anne Wuolab

17:30 Sami art by Umeå university, shown at Rådhuset

18.15 Bus transport to the dinner

18:30 Dinner at Sävargården. Hosts Tomas Wennström Municipality of Umeå, Krister Stoor and Elin Teilus

20:30 Coffee and mingle at the Sámi cultural center Tráhppie with opportunity to visit Sámi camp’s in the area

7th of March 2019, 09.00 a.m. – 12.00. p.m.

09:00 Performance Frode Fjellheim

09:10 Sámi Culture and the future – what’s in it for Sámi children and youth? Panel discussion. Juhan Niila Stålka, Niila Omma, Isabell Thomassen and Saara Hermansson. Moderator: Ol Ánte Sikku

09:35 Keynote Ande Somby. Associate professor of Law at the Norwegian Arctic University and Yoiker. Do they have a right to a past? Do they have a right to a presence? Do they have a right to a future? A story about the Sámi People

10:00 The importance of indigenous rights for cultural and social development. Åsa Larsson Blind President Saami Council, Katri Linna Senior Legal Advise, Civil Rights Defenders. Aslak Holmberg Chair of the cultural committee, Sámi Parliament of Finland. Reinis Aboltins Advisory Committee member on the framework convention for the protection of national minorities at the Council of Europe. Moderator: Ol Ánte Sikku

10:35 Coffee break

11:00 Tomas Colbengtsson, artist. Indigenous art

11:15 How do we proceed? Ande Somby Independent indigenous intellectual , Christina Hetta Saami Council, Karin Thomasson Vice president Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL), Bella Lawson Swedish Arts council , Paulus Kuoljok Sámi Parliament Sweden, Michael Lindblad Chair Såhkie Umeå Sámi association and Chair Gíron Sámi Theater

11:50 Closing remarks. What next? Per Jonas Partapuoli and Anne Wuolab

12:00 Lunch