Finland: National Sámi Day

The government of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) appointed in October a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to examine historical injustices suffered by Finland’s indigenous Sámi people. Image: (Tiina Jutila / Yle News)

Finland celebrates National Sámi Day on Monday, writes farming union newspaper Maaseudun Tulevaisuus (siirryt toiseen palveluun) (MT).

The day commemorates the first Sámi Assembly, held in Norway’s Trondheim in 1917.

The Sámi are an indigenous group mostly residing in Finland’s Lapland region as well as neighbouring areas of Sweden, Norway and Russia. One of the main points of contention during last autumn’s political cycle was the Sámi Parliament law.

Sámi Day celebrations have traditionally been held in the various parts of the indigenous people’s region, but nowadays celebrations are also organised elsewhere, MT writes.

In Helsinki for example, the celebrations will begin with the raising of the Sámi flag in front of Oodi library at 9am.

For those up north, the Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos in Inari will host an open day and will be introducing, among other things, the activities of the Sámi Parliament.

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