Long-term Efforts to Promote the Sámi Language and Culture

Metsähallitus has promoted the use of the Sámi language for many years; these efforts were recognised in 2009 by an award for promoting the Sámi language. Since then, we have targeted efforts at the nature-related and cultural education of Sámi children. Sámi language film camps were organised in 2013-2015 and, in 2016, more than 600 schoolchildren received wilderness and nature education in Sámi as part of the Wilderness Sponsors tour.

Personnel were provided with intense support in using the Sámi language in the 2010s and the results can now be seen in the way our staff use languages in forums such as discussions and meetings. A Sámi-speaking Communications Officer arranges discussions with our Sámi personnel.

Metsähallitus has extensive websites written in the Northern Sámi, Inari Sámi and Skolt Sámi languages. A wide range of material is translated into Northern Sámi in particular, as well as into Inari and Skolt Sámi whenever the issue involves these linguistic regions.

Social media content is also produced in Sámi. The Sámi language Facebook page ‘Sámi meahcit ja luondu’ has more than 500 followers and material is produced for the page several times a week. The Sámi language is also present in Twitter, whenever the Sámi Communications Officer uses his personal account for Metsähallitus’ tweets in the Sámi language.

Interpretation is provided at Metsähallitus’ public events and meetings with the local population, so that the Sámi can use their native language. We also cooperate with other Sámi actors, including Yle Sápmi, the Sámi Education Institute, the Sámi Museum Siida and Sámi associations.

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