The Youth Council of the Sámi Parliament organises the Sámi Youth Conference every two years. The Sámi Youth Conference can present declarations, proposals and initiatives in its own name which relate to the lives and wellbeing of Sámi youth. The Youth Council of the Sámi Parliament is a part of the Sámi Parliamentary Council’s youth council. The youth council under the Parliamentary Council also strives to organise the Nordic Sámi Youth Conference every two years.
The Youth Council cooperates with different youth associations and organisations both nationally and internationally. According to the Sámi Parliament’s procedures, the tasks of the Youth Council include promoting national and international cooperation of Sámi youth as well as cooperation with international organisations and bodies which manage youth affairs.
The main objective of the Youth Council is to promote the cultural and language rights of Sámi youth around Finland and to strengthen Sámi youths’ sense of belonging to the Sámi culture. The Youth Council also prepares statements, initiatives and other declarations for the Sámi parliament which relate to Sámi youth or their living conditions.
Nordic Sámi Youth Conference 2021
The theme of the conference is climate change. The indigenous peoples of the Arctic are most affected by climate change. Sámi youth are especially worried about the impact of climate change on the traditional livelihoods and culture of the Sámi people. As a part of the conference, the Sámi youth will outline a common declaration against climate change and plan operation models for this.
Activities and mission
The Youth Council has been established under the Sámi Parliament in 2011. The main objective of the Youth Council is to promote the cultural and language rights of Sámi youth and to strengthen the identity of Sámi youth through youth work. The Youth Council also prepares proposals, initiatives, statements and other declarations for the Sámi parliament which relate to Sámi youth.
The Youth Council consists of a chair, vice chair, five other members and their deputies. The members are 18 to 28 years old when starting their term in the Youth Council. Depending on the term, the Youth Council may also elect a maximum of five expert members aged 15 to 17 years. The Youth Council for the 2022-2023 term was set at the Sámi Parliament’s meeting 5/2021 on December 17, 2021.
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