The Sámi Parliament and the Parliament of Finland have started revising the Act on Sámi Parliament, after two years of waiting. “We Sámi have great expectations”, says parliament president Tiina Sanila-Aikio.
The reindeer herding cooperatives that graze their reindeer in the old forests of Inari criticize the state-owned forestry company Metsähallitus Metsätalous Oy for not following the logging plans they have agreed on.
A local conservation association in the municipality of Inari, Finland, wants to restrict the construction of cabins on the shores of Lake Inari, and proposes that the great lake and its surroundings is made a national park.
Leading Sámi advocates Veikko Feodoroff, Tanja Sanila and Sergei Kp. Fofonoff were all hoping that the Skolt Sámi in Finland could choose between several candidates in the election of a new official representative for the nation.
Waterways are being restored in Inari, Finland, by combining science with Sámi traditional knowledge. The aim is to restore the water resources of the area and the movement patterns of fish into their natural states. According to experts, there is a need for similar projects all around the Sámi Area.
During the debate forum Yle Sápmi Arena, leading Sámi representatives Jenni Laiti, Tiina Sanila-Aikio and Aslak Pieski discussed what it feels like to be Sámi in Finland today. The discussion ranged from desparate frustration to new enthusiasm.