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Pirita Näkkäläjärvi Column: Three Reasons To Be Critical About The Planned...

The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications wants to build an Arctic railway line through the indigenous Sámi heartland in Northern Finland. The Ministry recently...

Pirita Näkkäläjärvi Column: Presidential Candidates Lack Sámi Focus

The highlight of Sauli Niinistö’s first term as a president of Finland? This, if you ask me: “Indigenous Peoples should have the right to participate...

Pirita Näkkäläjärvi Column: Saana Illumination Is Grotesque & Reeks Of Colonialism

The Saana fell in Kilpisjärvi, in the 'Arm of Finland' is illuminated on Monday and Tuesday as part of the official programme celebrating Finland's 100 years of Independence. Saana lies in the heartland of the Sámiland - a thoroughly colonized area, which has...

Pirita Näkkäläjärvi Column: Sámi Of The Year

I was named the 2017 Sámi of the Year on Saturday. What an honour and what a responsibility! First and foremost, the title is an...

Where The Truth Lies: Finland’s New Attempts At Sámi Reconciliation

The Finnish Government has set aside €200,000 to launch a new commission to look at reconciliation between the Finnish state and Sámi people. While the...