Yle Sapmi

The recently founded Truth and Reconciliation Commission aims at acknowledging and assessing the wrongs done against the Sámi in Finland. Two Sámi tell now about their experiences and what they expect of the Commission.
November 30, 2021
An increased number of tourists visiting the Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church in Inari, Finland, is eroding the church and its surroundings. The Sámi Museum Siida plans to set up instruction signs at the church and monitor whether they make tourists change their behaviour.
October 27, 2021
No full-length feature films have ever before been made in the seriously threatened Skolt Sámi language. The shooting of the first such film, Je'vida, will start in 2022.
October 21, 2021
The Swedish mining company Arctic Minerals Explorations AB has submitted several reservation notifications that concern areas in the municipalities of Inari and Sodankylä in Northern Finland. Members of the Sámi Parliament and the Ivalo Reindeer-Herding Cooperative fear the worst, but the Chair of the Municipal Council of Inari is not worried about the news.
August 25, 2021
This summer, the number of humpback salmon in the River Teno, the border river between Norway and Finland, has increased enormously from last year. These salmon have been swimming near the shores, with masses of them dying in the river from exhaustion. Local people are extremely worried.
August 23, 2021
Sámi handicraft is often strongly gender-divided. For Anne Risten Sara, this has been a source of problems, as Sara feels neither woman nor man. Sara hopes that one day someone will sew a Sámi attire that they can wear and feel comfortable in. Discussion on the theme is only emerging in the Sámi community.
July 24, 2021
The Swedish Church plans to apologise to the Sámi at two occasions: at Uppsala Cathedral in winter 2021 and in Luleå in October 2022. Doctoral researcher and theologist Helga West finds it important that the Swedish Church will also include economical aspects in its reconciliation process.
June 29, 2021
The owners of reindeer farms in Utsjoki, Finland, have applied for funding from the Ministry of the Environment to protect their old forests. The ownership of the forests will not change but the joint landowners will receive compensation for their timber. The Utsjoki reindeer farmers’ Community Forest will probably get a compensation of almost 900,000 euros for the protection of 700 hectares.
June 24, 2021
According to a recent study, the native speakers of Sámi in the northernmost municipalities of Lapland, Finland, stay in their home region more often than those who speak Finnish as their mother tongue. A provincial project on development in Lapland, financed by the Regional Council of Lapland, has produced a study on internal migration from the province together with MDI, a consultancy for regional development. An equally extensive study on the theme has never been carried out.
June 21, 2021
From May on, the inhabitants of Aanaar, Ohcejohka and Eanodat will be able to fish in the non-private waters of their municipality with one fishing permit for the whole fishing period.
March 27, 2019