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3rd Sami Culture Policy Summit

Viermie K invites cultural actors in Sápmi and Nordic countries, international and indigenous experts, Sami culture organizations and artists, government agencies, politicians, civil servants, researchers and professionals as well as citizens with an interest in the Sami community.

The summit continues to contribute to the future of Sámi cultural policy and raises awareness about the Sámi cultural sector:

Sami agency in Sápmi and the Nordic countries – Legal frameworks and public policies – S.O.S. First Aid (art) Kit – What next?

By inviting Sami and other experts we want to explore examples of policy and development. Highlighting progress, legal grounds and challenges, mixed with cultural performances, the Summit aims to strengthen democracy and the Sámi culture policies in Sápmi.


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Friday 12 March 2021

Hosts: Viermie-K, the Sámi cultural network
Producers: Michael Lindblad and Maja Bonta
Conference center/studio: Aejlies cultural center, Dearna/Tärnaby
Conference service and registration: Giron Sámi Teáhter
Conference language: English as main language
Conference music: Marja Mortensson/Aarehgïjre – Early Spring (2017)

09:30 – 10:00 The Summit 2021 opens for connecting to the conference

10:00 – 10:05 Opening act performance with Wimme Saari

10:05 – 10:15 Welcome to SUMMIT 2021 and Viermie-K with Michael Lindblad, chair Giron Sámi Teáhter

10:15 – 11:10 Sami agency in Sápmi and the Nordic countries

Moderator: Christina Heatta

Christina Heatta, Saami council

Lars Miguel Utsi, Sami parliament, Sweden

Pirita Näkkäläjärvi, Sami parliament, Finland

Magne Svineng, Sami parliament, Norway

Question & Answers

11:20 – 12:25 Legal frameworks and public policies

Moderator: Ande Somby, Independent indigenous intellectual and associate professor Faculty of Law, Arctic University of Norway

Marie B Hagsgård, Council of Europe

Elle Merete Omma, Head of the EU Unit, Saami Council

Marja Bål Nango, Filmmak er and expert advisor Norwegian Film Institute

Question & Answers

Film Njuokčamat/The tongues by M B Nango

12:25 – 13:20 Lunch

13:20 – 14:35 S.O.S. First Aid (art) Kit – the Sápmi case of Sweden

Moderator: Ande Somby

Film It takes a village. Work in progress with dance and spoken word, Giron Sámi Teáhter


Amanda Lind, The Minister of Culture, Democracy and Sami affairs

Karin Thomasson, Regional politician and Chair in Sápmi associations

Viermie-K’s six organisations

Dialogue – What next?
Amanda Lind, Karin Thomasson and representatives for Viermie-K

Question & Answers

14:35 – 14:50 Conclusion – What next! – Remarks and Question & Answer

Moderators: Ande Somby and Michael Lindblad

14:50 – 15:00 Closing act with Wimme Saari