The French Institute in Finland is the initiator and a key organiser of a Sami event “Lapland – Tracing the Sami of Finland” which will be organized in cooperation with its Sami collaborators on 4-5th March 2017 and will take place in the museum of primitive art, musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, in Paris. The purpose of the event is to present Europe’s only indigenous people, Samis’, modern and rich culture and to generate discussions of their rights as well as the previous and current socio-political situation. The event proudly celebrates the centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017 and is part of the official programme of Suomi 100.

The science symposium will unite Finnish, Sami and French scientists and experts to discuss about the rights of the Sami and the development of the socio-political situation in the society and in Europe during the past hundred years.The culture day will offer a rich set of indigenous Sami music, art, films, literature and crafts.

All main organisations promoting Sámi culture in Finland, Inari municipality, Sámi Parliament, Sámi Education Institute, Sámi Museum Siida, Sámi Duodji Association, Skolt Sámi Cultural Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Giellagas Institute of the University of Oulu, and Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland, will take part in organising the event.

The event will be realised in collaboration with the French Embassy in Helsinki, the Finnish Embassy in Paris, and the Finnish Institute in France.

Image: Ulla Isotalo

An article at Yle on 5th January 2017 (in Finnish)

The event is part of the official Suomi Finland 100 programme


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