Land and Sea Rights – Protecting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Land and Sea
The 14th annual Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples was held 30-31st October 2013, hosted by the Centre for Sámi Studies at UiT, The Arctic University of Norway. The theme was Indigenous peoples rights to land and sea.
Presenters for this conference came from Kenya, USA and Tanzania, Canada, Russia and Norway. The conference topics were “best” and “bad” practices in states’ recognition of Indigenous peoples’ rights to land and sea. We heard about best practices from Kenya and Norway and bad practices from Tanzania and Russia. In addition, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented the new Guidelines for the Norwegian Foreign Service on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Gáldu and Rainforest Foundation Norway gave commentary on the new guidelines. The annual Forum Update included presentations on Indigenous/First Nations issues in Canada, and on the EU project Scales of Governance, the UN and Indigenous Peoples (SOGIP, ERC 249236: http://www.sogip.ehess.fr/).
The conference had the pleasure of being welcomed to Tromsø and Sápmi by the newly-elected President of the Norwegian Sámi Parliament, Aili Keskitalo; guests were treated to an opening piano performance and a short film was screened about Indigenous Maasai issues in Tanzania called Chairman and the Lions (Petter Biella, http://www.der.org/films/chairman-and-the-lions.html)
The Centre for Sámi Studies is the coordinating institution for the Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples. It was established in the year 2000 to provide a meeting place for academics, representatives of Indigenous organizations, NGOs, students and others interested in Indigenous issues.
The Forum board consists of the following: Torjer Olsen, (Chair), Sidsel Saugestad, Rachel Issa Djesa, and Ingrid Hovda Lien from UiT; Janne Hansen, Gáldu; Siri Damman, Rainforest Foundation Norway; Tore Johnsen, Sámi Church Council; Jens Dahl, IWGIA – International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs; Terje Lilleeng, Centre for Sámi Studies, is the administrative coordinator and secretary.
This report includes both short manuscripts and summaries of the conference proceedings. Forum conference reports, as well as news and updates about Indigenous issues and upcoming events can be found on the FDCIP website.
|Ellen Marie Jensen
Department of Culture and Literature
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples Chair