Finland

Truth and (Re)Conciliation for the Sámi in Finland — or a Way for the State to Wash its Hands?

Preparations have been made in Finland to establish a truth and reconciliation commission regarding the indigenous Sámi people. As the plans go forward, Aslak Holmberg, Vice President of the Saami Council, stipulates that unless this process is prepared to change the political marginalisation of the Sámi, there is little reason for opening old wounds for what could otherwise be an empty apology. Read more ▸

Koitajoki River Documented in a New Seining Film

“Koitajoki”, a documentary film, has been released by Snowchange, Member of ICCA Consortium; the community of Ala-Koita fishermen; PrettyGoodProductions; and the Interreg SHAPE project. It focuses on an iconic, but highly endangered cultural fishery in Karelia: river seining. Read more ▸

Second ICCA site established in Finland: Linnunsuo

Snowchange has established a second ICCA in Finland. It is a 110-hectare wetland Linnunsuo, located in North Karelia. This action strengthens the capacity of local communities, hunters, bird watchers and other stakeholders to use (I)CCA as a method for conservation of significant sites in Finland. Read more ▸

Moratorium in Čearretsuolu

A Moratorium is declared in the area of Čearretsuolu island regarding the new fishing regulations for the Deatnu (Tana/Teno) river, as the new regulations threaten the wellbeing of the Saami from the Deatnu valley. Read more ▸