From September 26th-27th, the Centre for Sami Studies (SESAM) and the Indigenous Citizenship and Education project will be hosting an international conference at the Arctic University of Norway (UiT) titled, “Indigeneity and Education.” The conference will examine the tension between the rights of indigenous peoples to self-determination within formal education, and the challenges that state institutions continue to impose on such efforts. Among several sessions addressing Indigenous citizenship and education, the conference will feature two keynote speakers: Anna Lill Drugge and Sanna Valkonen. Anna Lill Drugge is a senior lecturer and associate professor at the Department of Language Studies at Umeå University in Sweden. On the 26th, Drugge will give her presentation titled, “Introducing Sápmi in mainstream education – challenges, strategies and possibilities.” Drugge holds a PhD in history from Umeå University and her current research focus at Vaartoe- Centre for Sami Research in Umeå is on Indigenous research ethics, representation, education and gender. Sanna Valkonen is an associate professor of Sami Research at the University of Lapland in Finland, and her talk on the 27th is titled, “Citizenship and belonging. Conceptual reflections.” Valkonen earned her doctorate on political aspects of Sami culture in 2009 from the University of Lapland and she has studied the North Sami language at the Sami Education Institute in Rovaniemi.

Earlier that week on the 24th-25th of September, the Institute of Social Sciences at UiT will also host a two-day workshop titled, “Hunter-Gatherer Education: Directions for Research and Advocacy.” The workshop follows the establishment of the Research and Advocacy Group on Hunter-Gatherer Education (HG-EDU) in 2018 with the aim of using research-based understanding to contribute to educational self-determination for hunter-gatherer communities. The HG-EDU group workshop’s main goal is to discuss various aspects of education in hunter-gatherer communities globally, including the role of formal education, traditional knowledge-transmission practices and the connection between education and self-determination.

To register for the conference, see the full schedule and other practical information, please visit the event web page at: