Calls for more Indigenous protection in Sweden on Sami national day

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The Sami flag is pictured on snow covered trees at the Kallak prospecting area near Randijaur village, 40 kilometers north-west of Jokkmokk, in Swedish Lapland on November 6, 2013. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
Wednesday is the Sami national day in Sweden, raising the profile of the indigenous group which lives across an area of the north stretching from Norway to Russia.

Sweden now has a Sami national assembly and broadcasts radio in Sami, but the way of life for Sami people is still not fully protected.

The country has still not ratified an International Labour Organization (ILO) convention on Indigenous rights from 1991, despite being a driving force behind the initiative at the UN level.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Inuit, Sami leading the way in Indigenous self-determination, study says, CBC News

Finland: UN Committee blasts Finland over electorate ruling for Sami Parliament, Yle News

Norway: Injustices against Sámi, Kven peoples to be examined by commission in Norway, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Report sheds light on Swedish minority’s historic mistreatment, Radio Sweden

United States: Inuit leaders to advance Indigenous human rights, Radio Canada International

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