Uppsala Transdisciplinary Seminar in Education and Sustainable Development (TRUST)

  • Datum: –15.00
  • Plats: Blåsenhus Blåsenhus sal 24:307, Campus Gotland Swedesd kontor via videolänk
  • Föreläsare: Rasmus Kløcker Larsen, Kaisa Raitio, Petra Hansson, Sanna Barrineau, Neil Powell
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  • Arrangör: Swedesd, Uppsala universitet
  • Kontaktperson: Martin Mickelsson, Swedesd
  • Telefon: + 46 18 471 2439
  • Seminarium

Chair: David O. Kronlid

13.15-14.00 Rasmus Kløcker Larsen (SEI) och Kaisa Raitio (SLU) presenterar "Enacting the state duty to consult in land and resource decisions: gazes from Sami communities and Swedish state officials."

14.15-15.00 Petra Hansson, Sanna Barrineau och Neil Powell (Swedesd) presenterar under rubriken "Participatory action research in teacher education".

Rasmus Kløcker Larsen (SEI), Kaisa Raitio (SLU)


The duty of states to consult indigenous communities and strive to obtain their free prior and informed consent before permitting resource extraction activities on indigenous lands has become a widely accepted international norm. However, while governments make lofty claims about implementability the concrete implication of this duty remains enigmatic. In this paper, we explore the actual readiness of Swedish state actors in enacting the duty to consult, focusing on the duty to promote the possibility for the Sami to maintain and develop their culture and ensure communities’ effective participation in decision making. We present novel empirical material, collating views from Sami communities and state officials in ministries and agencies. The findings demonstrate that issues range from everyday practice (resources, knowledge and routines) over structural concerns (sectoral legislation, institutions and coordination) to deeper political worldviews (ideas of win-win, co-existence) and their severely limiting effect on the potential for genuine Nation-to-Nation relations towards reconciliation. In the near-term, advances may be made if state officials were supported in more proactively interpreting their room for maneuvering within existing sectoral legislation. However, we contend that any type of consultation duty is unlikely to make visible difference unless it comes with substantive measures to empower Sami communities as rights-holders to exert real influence.