We protect the northern forest, the land and the water. The forest is essential for our existence. It is our home.
For centuries our land has been exploited by industry. We have fought against governments and international corporations. Lands and homes have been drowned by dams. Forests have been logged without our consent.
Now the Finnish government is planning to build an industrial railway across our land to the Arctic Ocean. The government is betting that the melting Arctic will provide a trade route to further exploit our lands. They want more pulp mills, more logging, more mines. The Finnish government is trading away our rights and our land.
Our ability to survive is being pushed to the limit.
This is our land. Our future. It’s us who decide.
The Finnish constitution and international laws guarantee our right to take part in the decision making of our land. We demand that the Finnish government respect our rights as Indigenous Peoples- No access without consent.
Eennâm lii eellim! Land is life.
Anna Morottaja, Joik artist (traditional Saami music)
Pekka Aikio, Chair of Saami reindeer herders’ association of Finland
Áslat Holmberg, Master of indigenous studies
Tuomas Semenoff, Chair of the reindeer herding district of Vätsäri
Henna Lehtola, Student of Saami language
Ida-Maria Helander, Student of Saami culture
Jenni Laiti, Artivist
Saara Tervaniemi, Member of the Saami Council
Jussa Seurujärvi, Reindeer herder
Osmo Seurujärvi, Chair of the reindeer herding district of Muddusjärvi
Leo Aikio, Vice Chair of the reindeer herding district of Muddusjärvi
Milla Pulska, Primary school teacher student
Petra Biret Magga-Vars, Cultural pedagogue
Ristenrauna Magga, Dr.hc. Social councillor
Sunna Nousuniemi, Cultural worker