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Commemorating Sami National Day, rights, resilience, and recognition

As we commemorate Sami National Day on February 6th, it’s a moment not just for celebration but for reflection on the ongoing struggles and resilience of the only indigenous peoples in Europe across Sápmi.
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A bit of history. Why do we celebrate Sami National Day on February 6th? The origins trace back to 1917 when Sami from both northern Norway and Sweden convened for the first time in Trondheim. This historic gathering marked a pivotal moment in Sami history, where boundaries dissolved, and shared concerns were addressed, with a notable presence of Sami women, amplifying the importance of gender inclusivity within indigenous movements. Since then, February 6th has been chosen as a day of unity and remembrance for all Sami, regardless of their national borders, be it Sweden, Norway, Finland, or Russia.
But today is not only for celebration, this day is also a reminder of the persistent challenges faced by the Sami community. From centuries of colonisation to the modern-day threats of climate change, the Sami way of life and cultural heritage stand at risk.
The recent decision by the Swedish government concerning the Gállok/Kallak mining plans exemplifies the ongoing struggle for Sami rights. Despite pleas from Sami communities and allies, the government’s decision prioritises economic interests over indigenous rights, highlighting a continued disregard for Sami land rights and autonomy.
Read more about the Gállok mining conflict in this article:

In this context, let's remember that Sami rights and Indigenous rights are human rights. The Swedish government, as well as other authorities across Sápmi, must honour their commitments to indigenous peoples, respect Sami land rights, and take urgent action to address the pressing challenges posed by climate change. On this Sami National Day, let us stand in solidarity with the Sami community, amplifying their voices and advocating for justice, rights, and recognition.
Here are some recommendations to learn more about Sami People:
A fantastic documentary with the artist Britta Marakatt-Labba

Released today on UR:

A more historic film, Sameblod:

Eatnameamet (Our Silent Struggle):

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  • George Kariuki

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    We should all stand in solidarity with the Sami community.

    • walter lungayi

      10 w

      The Sami National Day is an important occasion to celebrate Sami culture and their ongoing struggle for recognition and rights. It's also a reminder of the need to address climate change and its impact on indigenous communities.

      • Esther Wanjiku

        10 w

        Indigenous people have a right to land and property and it is imperative that even as we commemorate such a day we pay close attention to their rights

        • zelda ninga

          10 w

          The only reason why the government doesn't want to recognize this indigenous community is their way of wanting to grab land for their selfish reasons.

        • Munene Mugambi

          10 w

          And as we celebrate the day, let us remember to take great care of both the people and their community as we should all indigenous people

          • Joseph Githinji

            10 w

            A great way to sit and reflect on the enemies of today like climate change and how to overcome and create a sustainable future for the Sami community.

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