International Conference on Sámi Research Data Governance 2023

Image caption International Conference on Sámi Research Data Governance

25–27 January 2023, Romsa/Tromsø, Norway

The International Conference on Sámi Research Data Governance aims to identify pertinent issues concerning Sámi data governance. The conference will facilitate the exchange of knowledge, understanding, and experiences regarding Indigenous and Sámi data governance and promote collaboration between Sámi and non-Sámi researchers in the Nordic context on data governance and management.


There is an increasing awareness of, and need for, ethical and responsible handling of Indigenous knowledge and data. The general FAIR Guiding Principles for Scientific Data Management and Stewardship were published in 2016 and seek to make research data more Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.

The Global Indigenous Data Alliance (GIDA) is a global network of Indigenous researchers, data practitioners, and policy activists advocating for Indigenous data governance to advance Indigenous data control within their nation-states and at an international level. The CARE (Collective Benefit, Authority to Control, Responsibility, and Ethics) principles for Indigenous data governance were established in 2018 by GIDA to complement the FAIR principles. 

Connected to the global network, the GIDA-Sápmi network was founded in June 2021 with members from various universities, memory institutions, and archives in Norway, Sweden, and Finland. The objectives of GIDA-Sápmi include 1) to promote, adapt, and operationalise the CARE principles to the Nordic Sámi context; 2) to make the Nordic research community, memory and archival institutions aware of the Indigenous CARE principles; and 3) to advance the discussion on Sámi data governance principles.

Register for the conference

Deadline for registration is December 5th, 2022. 

  • Conference registration fee: 2500 NOK. An invoice will be sent to the address provided in the registration form. Conference dinner: 1500 NOK (excluding beverages). An invoice will be sent to the address provided in the registration form.
  • Students do not have to pay a registration fee. 
  • Accommodation: A number of double rooms have been reserved at the Clarion Hotel the Edge in Tromsø. A single occupancy is 1579 NOK. Sharing the room with two people is 1779 NOK (200 NOK extra). Please indicate in the registration form how many nights you are staying and leave a comment if you need double occupancy. Conference participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.

Register here

Keynote speakers

Dr. Tahu Kukutai (Ngāti Tiipa)

Professor of Demography at The University of Waikato and Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Centre of Research Excellence in Aotearoa New Zealand. Tahu specialises in Māori and Indigenous demographic research and has written extensively on issues of Māori population change and identity, Indigenous data sovereignty, official statistics, and ethnic classification. She is a founding member of the Māori Data Sovereignty Network Te Mana Raraunga and the Global Indigenous Data Alliance. She co-edited Indigenous data sovereignty: Toward an agenda (ANU Press), Indigenous data sovereignty and policy (Routledge), and The Oxford handbook of Indigenous sociology (OUP). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi and a Global Leader of Digital Human Rights (Global Leaders). 

Dr. Stephanie Carroll, Dene/Ahtna, a citizen of the Native Village of Kluti-Kaah in Alaska, and of Sicilian-descent.

Based at the University of Arizona, she is Assistant Professor of Public Health, Associate Director for the Native Nations Institute, and Acting Director and Assistant Research Professor at the Udall Center. Her interdisciplinary research group, the Collaboratory for Indigenous Data Governance, develops research, policy, and practice innovations for Indigenous data sovereignty. Stephanie chairs the Global Indigenous Data Alliance (GIDA), the International Indigenous Data Sovereignty Interest Group at the Research Data Alliance, and the Indigenous Data Working Group for the IEEE P2890 Recommended Practice for Provenance of Indigenous Peoples' Data.

Erin Corston, Executive Lead, National Data Team

Born and raised in Treaty 9 Territory, Erin Corston is a member the Chapleau Cree First Nation (CCFN; Cree: ᔕᑊᓗ ᐃᓂᓂᐗᐠ, šaplo ininiwak). CCFN is one of eight communities affiliated with the Mushkegowuk Tribal Council and it is located near the town of Chapleau, Ontario. Her current work at FNIGC is focused on advancing First Nations’ rights over their data and information, through the implementation of a national strategy on First Nations Data Governance. The First Nations Data Governance Strategy (FNDGS, or “The Strategy”) is all about establishing a First Nations-led network of Regional Information Governance Centers (RIGCs) that, once up and running, will provide shared data and statistical services to First Nations communities, their governments, and their service delivery organizations. Erin believes strongly in First Nations’ ability to harness the power of their data to create sustainable change at the local level, where it matters most.

Call for abstracts

The conference organisers call for abstracts for oral presentations (15–20 min.) on topics related to Sámi or Indigenous peoples’ knowledge and data governance, including (but not limited to):

  • Forms of Sámi governance and stewardship for different research data sources (public data, archives, health data, biobank, etc.)
  • Operationalizing the CARE principles in the Sámi context. Ways of enhancing Sámi participation in decision-making on data governance and sovereignty.
  • Advancing ethical policies regarding Sámi data and digitization of Sámi traditional knowledge and data.

Proposals for roundtables and panels are also welcome for which a group (3–5 panelists) submits the title of the roundtable/panel and individual abstracts for each participant.

Authors presenting at the conference will be invited to expand their papers into a submission in the conference proceedings in a special issue of a journal or an edited volume. Students are also welcome to present!

Abstract requirements:

  • short title
  • 200–300 words with max 5 references and 2–3 keywords
  • your name, affiliation/institution, and contact info.

Deadline for submitting abstracts is December 5th, 2022. Please register and upload your abstract here.

Feedback to your abstracts will be sent by December 19th. If you need to revise your registration, please email 

Preliminary program

Day 1: 25th January

18:30-21.00 Reception at Árdna, The Sámi cultural house it UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Transport to Árdna from the Conference hotel, Clarion Hotel the Edge, at 18.30 (optional)

Day 2: 26th January

08.00-9.00: Registration at conference venue, Clarion Hotel The Edge

09.00-09.30 Introduction and opening remarks 

  • GIDA-Sápmi conference committee
  • The Norwegian Sámi Parliament
  • UiT The Arctic University of Norway

09.30-10.30: "Towards data sovereignty in Aotearoa/New Zealand", Keynote Tahu Kukutai, Professor of Demography, University of Waikato

10.30-10.45: Break

10.45-11.30: Session one. Three presenters (15 minutes each), followed by Q&A

11.30-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.00: "History of GIDA and the CARE principles- towards indigenous governance of data." Keynote Stephanie Russo Carroll, GIDA co-director and Assistant Professor of Public Health at University of Arizona. (Via zoom)  

14.00-14.15 Break

14.15-15.00: Session two. Three presenters (15 minutes each), followed by Q&A

15.00-15.15: Break

15.15-16.00 Session three. Three presenters (15 minutes each), followed by Q&A

Conference dinner at 19.00 at the conference venue, Clarion Hotel the Edge

Day 2: 27th January

06.00-08.00: Optional morning ice-bathing and sauna at PUST, a sauna in the centre of Tromsø 

09.00: Welcoming remarks

09.10- 10.10 : "A First Nations Data Governance Strategy and Exercising our Rights Over Data", Keynote Erin Corston, Executive Lean, National Data Champion Team, First Nations Indigenous Governance Centre, Canada

10.10-10.25: Break

10.25- 11.45: Session 4. Three presenters (15 minutes each), followed by Q&A

11.00-11.45: Stewardship and data, Magnus Kostøl, adviser from the Sami Parliament in Norway

11.45-13.00: Lunch

13.00-14.00: Closing panel discussion

14.00: Closing of the conference 

14.15-15.00: Meeting with presenters on how to move forward with a publication.

Bures boahtin / Welcome

Organizing committee

Siv Kvernmo
Department of Clinical Medicine
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Rune Fjellheim
Specialist in Arctic Policy Issues, Indigenous Peoples' Policy Development.
Saami Council

Grant applicants

Susanna Siri
Centre for Sámi Health Research
UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Per Axelsson
Associate Professor
Umeå University

Rauna Kuokkanen
Research Professor
Arctic Indigenous Studies
University of Lapland 

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