Final workshop of the Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples, January 25-26, 2016 in Tromsø

Finding new paths for cooperation: Indigenous Peoples, Academia and Business

As the Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples concludes 15 years of activity, this final workshop will gather indigenous peoples, academics, and other development actors, to discuss the lessons that we have learned, and opportunities for moving forward in a changing global and national environment. In this new climate of shifting funding and political priorities, and the development of new international legislation around environmental and social issues, what is the role of research? What new models for cooperation can we envision? How can informed perspectives about critical issues on the ground reach the decision makers? In particular – what is the role of business?

Registration deadlines:
The registration deadline is set to 18 January 2016 if you need accommodation.
The registration deadline without accommodation is set to 22 January 2016.

Conference fee regular participants:
No meals, conference fee only: NOK 400
Conf. fee + Lunch two days + Dinner: NOK 1 000

Conference fee UiT students:
Conference fee only: NOK 0 (free)

Registration for the seminar


Venue: Teorifagbygget, House 4, Room 4.213, Breivika, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Campus Tromsø.
Dinner Monday 25 January: Árdna Sámi Cultural Building
Lunch Monday 25 January: Canteen, Teorifagbygget House 6 (TEO H6)
Lunch Tuesday 26 January: Room 4.213

Monday 25 January 2016

11:30-13.00 Registration at University Campus, in the hall outside the venue for the seminar.
12:00 – 13:00: Lunch, canteen, Teorifagbygget House 6 (TEO H6)
13:00-13.30: Opening of the workshop
Jennifer Hays, Chair, Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples: “New Paths for Cooperation: The way forward for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples
Else Grete Broderstad, Academic Director, Centre for Sami Studies: Beyond statistics: 15 years of Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples
13:30 – : Session 1

Norwegian government policy and development strategies towards Indigenous Peoples: Current trends and possibilities
This session will discuss the impact of recent cuts in the Norwegian development budget, in particular what this means for collaboration with indigenous peoples. Speakers will include representatives from Norwegian and Sami political leadership; as well as NGOs and academia who are affected by these strategies and priorities.

13:30-15:30: Round table presentations from invited speakers:
Jens Dahl, Forum Advisory Board: Global context: Report from the latest Forum-conference, October 2015
Knut Lakså, Norad: Norwegian development aid – current trends and priorities
Aili Keskitalo, Sami Parliament in Norway: Introduction to the Sámi Parliament’s international work and the solidarity dimension
Sidsel Saugestad, professor emerita Department of Archeology and Social anthropology, UiT: A turn of the pendulum. The decline of Norwegian policy attention to Sami and indigenous issues
Vidar Wie Østlie, Namibiaforeningen: Norwegian Development Coöperation with Indigenous Peoples: an example from Namibia
Haldis Kårstad, Norwegian Church Aid: Working with indigenous peoples in Norwegian Church Aid’s global programs, challenges and successes
15:30-16:00 Coffee
16:00-17:30 Moderated Discussion
18:00: Dinner at Árdna, the Sami cultural building on campus

Tuesday 26 January 2016

8:30: Coffee
09:00-: Session 2

Business and Indigenous Peoples
Session 2 – Business and Indigenous Peoples
This session will examine ‘new models’ of engagement with IP on the part of industry and business, and explore possibilities to define them.

09:00-10:00 Round table presentations from invited speakers:
Pavel Sulyandziga, Member of the UN working group on human rights and transnational corporations and business enterprises: The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights: How are Indigenous Peoples included?
Cathy Howlett, Senior Lecturer, Griffith School of Environment/Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University, Australia: Mining and communities: an Australian study of how national and international norms on CSR and community rights influence corporate practices
Ken Coates, Director ICNGD, University of Saskatchewan: New models of engagement with IP on the part of industry and business: examples from the Canadian North
10:00-10:30: Discussion
10:30: Coffee
11:00: Session 3

The Way Forward: This final session will outline new possibilities. How can we address these issues and what role should Universities, and researchers, play? How can we bridge the gap between research on the ground and decision-making processes? Where will resources come from? What kind of network can we establish?

11:00 – 12:00 Roundtable presentations from invited speakers (incl discussion):
Øyvind Eggen, Norad (by skype): The way forward for cooperation with Norad: influencing priorities in the Norwegian aid administration
Siri Damman, Rainforest Foundation: Strengthening indigenous peoples’ rights in Norwegian and Nordic development and foreign policy
Anders Blom, Chair Protect Sápmi: Ideas for the design of an Arctic Stewardship
Laila Susanne Vars, Director Gáldu: The New Sustainable Development Goals: Challenges and Opportunities for Indigenous Peoples

Svein-Roald Nystø Chair of the board of Sesam, and special advisor Árran Lulesami Center: Ethical guidelines as a key to coöperation

12:00 – 13:00 Final Discussion: Identifying ‘new paths for cooperation’
13:00 – 14:00  Lunch, Room 4.213