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“Barents Indigenous 2050 - impacts of our footprints”

Conference about languages and extractive industries, February 5th, 2015

The conference will focus on the future for indigenous languages and the co-existence between extractive industries and indigenous peoples in the Barents Region. 

The conference is organized in close cooperation with the Centre for Sami studies at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. The Norwegian Barents Secretariat is the technical organizer, and questions can be routed to or

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UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Campus Tromsø
Auditorium 2, Teorifagbygget House 1


08.00 Bus transport from Radisson Blu to Campus

Session 1: Indigenous languages
Status quo for indigenous languages in the Barents region towards 2050

08.00 - 08.30 Registration 
08.30 - 08.40

Opening by Aili Keskitalo, President, Sámi Parliament, Norway

08.40 – 08.50

Opening by Cathrine Theodorsen, Vice Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

08.50 – 09.10

«Possibilities of language revitalization» Jussi Ylikoski, Professor and Barents Chair in indigenous languages, UiT, The Arctic University of Norway.

09.10 – 09.30

«How to revitalize the language and make it live?» Larisa Chirkova, vepsian journalist

09.30 – 09.50

«Sámi University College and its role as a preserver of Sámi languages" Jelena Porsanger, Rector, Sámi University College

09.50 – 10.20 Questions from the audience
10.20 – 10.40 Coffee break 
10.40 – 12.00

Panel debate: «What can we do to prevent the languages from dying?»

Elisabeth Scheller, linguist, Arctic University of Norway

Olga Egorova, student, Sámi University College

Mikael Vinka, Associate Professor, University of Umeå

Vladislav Vyucheysky, Leader of the Association of Reindeer Husbandry, Nenets Autonomous Okrug

Moderators: Mona Solbakk, Director, center for Northern Peoples/Simon Pavall, former Sámi Pathfinder

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch 

Session 2: Extractive industries
Status quo for extractive industries in the Barents region towards 2050

13.00 – 13.15

Opening by Mr. G. Ledkov, President of RAIPON (TBC)

13.15 – 13.35

"From Protests to Partnerships: The Changing Futures of Indigenous Communities in Extractive Industries" Greg Poelzer, associate professor,University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and adjunct professor,Centre for Sami Studies, Arctic University of Norway

13.35 – 13.55

"Consequences of extractive industries in reindeer areasPaulina Feodoroff, Sámi activist, Finland

13.55 – 14.15

"Can ethical guidelines be the key?" Sven Roald Nystø, special adviser, Arran Lule Sámi Centre, Norway 

14.15 – 14.30 Coffee break
14.30 – 14.50

"Can indigenous peoples be stakeholders in the industry?Gary Merasty, Canada

14.50 - 16.00

Panel debate: "Is coexistence possible?"

Josefina Skerk, Sámi Parliament, Sweden
Anders Eira, Foundation Protect Sápmi, Norway
Pavel Sulyandziga, UN Working Group on human rights and business enterprises
Hanne Markussen Eek, Chair of Norwegian Mineral Industry

Moderator: Liv Inger Somby, Journalist


Bus returns to Radisson Blu

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