BREAKFAST SEMINAR/"FREDAGSKUNSKAP" - DO YOU KNOW HOW YOUR BUSINESS AFFECTS THE SAMI PEOPLE?
When speaking about the rights of indigenous peoples, the focus is often on how indigenous peoples are treated in the USA or how destroying rainforests in Brazil affects peoples living in the area. However, the businesses cannot ignore these peoples as indigenous people actually live, work and study with us.
As part of the European Diversity Month, Diversity Charters of Finland (FIBS) and Sweden are holding an event together for the first time. As the theme of the European Diversity Month is ethnicity at work, we focus on the only indigenous people of the European Union – the Sami people.
What do you know about the Sami? How does your business affect the Sami people? If you think that the rights of the Sami is a relevant concern only to mining companies or companies operating in Finnish or Swedish Lapland, join us to update your knowledge!
8:30 CET Moderator & speaker Ruben Brunsveld senior advisor på Enact
Ruben is Senior Advisor at Enact Sustainable Strategies with a a background in human rights, EU diplomacy and communication. He has a passion for social sustainability with a special interest in Diversity & Inclusion. He is a highly appreciated for his creative and energetic style of facilitating live and online events in the sustainability sphere and is frequently asked to be the speaker, moderator or chairman of round tables and stakeholder dialogues. His international background and experience in both the public and private sector gives him a broad perspective to approach different complex social issues and support executive leaders with the challenges they face. In today’s session he will give an introductory presentation on D&I in relation to the Sami topic and function as moderator for the event.
9:00 CET Speaker Katarina Parfa Koskinen, Sami and researcher Umeå University
When Katarina worked with Romer, her personal journey towards a researcher's identity and how it relates to historical injustices that she has been told or experienced herself began. Even today there are reports in the media about Sami students who were not allowed to speak Sami during school hours, which is a violation of fundamental human rights. What is presented as positive for most people, i.e. research and education, can thus be perceived in the exact opposite depending on the perspective we see. By her research she wants to minimize the risk of unknowingly repeating historical injustices.
Katarina is also active in the reindeer and tourism industry and we will hear how these industries are linked to your business.
09:30 CET Panel discussion with politicians
- Tuomas Aslak Juuso, President of the Sami Parliament in Finland
Tuomas Aslak Juuso or Gáijjot Ánte Issáha Duommá is the President of the Sámi Parliament in Finland. Before he was elected as a President in 2020, Juuso was elected the 2nd Vice President of the Sámi Parliament for the parliamentary term 2016-2019 and had actively worked for the rights of indigenous peoples for more than 15 years. For instance, Juuso has chaired the United Nations (UN) Global Indigenous Youth Caucus, been a member of the Global Indigenous Coordination Working group of the UN world Conference on Indigenous People, and been promoting the rights of indigenous peoples in many other ways, such as by negotiating at the UN level.
The rights of indigenous peoples are important to Juuso, and according to him the UN Declaration on Indigenous Peoples is the reason why he ran for the Sámi Parliament in the first place. Juuso comes from Raittijärvi, the Village of Kaijukka, where reindeer husbandry is based on the old siida system.
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Diversity Charter Finland
This event is for members in Diversity Charter Sweden & Finland or guests that have an interest to become a member. No show-fee 250 SEK