Sami ask for mining veto

Archive Photo: Sami family going to Jokkmokk Market in Northern Sweden Photo: Fredrik Sandberg, Scanpix, Radio SwedenJust noticed an interesting report in the Barents Observer about how Aili Keskitalo, the former president of the Sami Parliament, is asking for the Sami to have a mining veto on their traditional lands.

The Sami are reindeer herders an indigenous people who refer to their traditional lands in Northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and northwestern Russia as Sapmi.

There has been much controversy in recent years as how development in Sapmi has negatively affected the reindeer behaviour and grazing lands.

See the links below for some of the coverage:

Indigenous Saami reindeer herders driven away from mining conference, Radio Sweden

Sami mining protest in Arctic Sweden, Radio Sweden

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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