The Sami people live in four countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. They share a language belonging to the Uralic languages resembling Finnish, Estonian or Hungarian. The Saami Parliament is the Saami people’s representative body in Norway and has appreciable authority on issues concerning culture, cultural heritage, reindeer farming and education.
The first general meeting of the Saami, was initiated by Elsa Renberg from Helgeland, a region south in the county of Nordland. Together with Bruskanken Saami Women Association she gathered over 150 delegates to the meeting in 1917, this was an extraordinary achievement given both the Saami’s and women’s social rights and status at the time.
Today and throughout the anniversary week, The Saami will be in focus in Norway. H.M. The King, the Prime Minister and several ministers from the Norwegian Government will partake in celebrating the event that has been given the name “Tråante 2017”. This is a week to commemorate and remember the Saami’s extensive history. It is also an opportunity to look to the future and the road ahead in order to conserve the fragile Saami community that remains in Norway.
The Norwegian Bank will for the occasion, issue a commemorative coin, characterized by Saami culture.
Sami culture have also left its mark in Delhi. In November of 2016 Sámi Lávdi – The Sami Association of Performing Arts showcased traditional Saami dance and song in correlation with the 10th Delhi International Arts Festival (DIAF). You can read about it here.
Sharing our country, the Saami and Norwegians have learned to leave peacefully and harmonically together. Norwegian Government is also concerned about the rights for indigenous minorities globally. By 2020, Norway aims to aid indigenous peoples rights in tropical forests and rainforests with an amount of 100 million USD.