Truth and Reconciliation Commission Concerning the Sámi People

In line with the Programme of Prime Minister Marin’s Government, the work on establishing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Concerning the Sámi People will continue during the current government term. The aim of the commission’s work is to collect Sámi people’s experiences of the actions of the Finnish state and its various authorities and to make this information visible to the public.

The Commission will be appointed during the year 2021.

Establishing a truth and reconciliation commission concerning the Sámi people

In Sámi languages:
Sápmelaččaid duohtavuođa-ja soabadankommišuvnna ásaheapmi 
Sämmilij tuotâvuotâ- já sovâdâttâmkomissio asâttem
Säʹmmlai tuõttvuõtt- da suåvâdvuõttkomissio meäʹrtummuš 


Next steps taken in establishing Sámi truth and reconciliation commission

13.11.2019 19.03
At its evening session on 13 November 2019, the Government discussed the mandate for the truth and reconciliation commission concerning the Sámi people and decided to progress towards appointing the commissioners. The aim is to set up a five-member commission that would operate impartially and independently. The goal of the work of the new Sámi truth and reconciliation commission will be to investigate and learn from the events of history.

Report on hearings for the truth and reconciliation process concerning Sámi issues now published

26.11.2018 12.27
In October 2017, the Government launched the preparation of a reconciliation process concerning Saami issues. The initiative for the process (of appointing a truth and reconciliation commission) originated from the Sámi Parliament. The preparation process included organising a broad consultation round in the Sámi homeland and in the largest Finnish cities between 2 May and 29 June 2018.

Background of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Background of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The international institution of truth and reconciliation commissions emerged in the 1970s. Internationally, truth commissions or truth and reconciliation commissions refer to processes that examine collective injustices in history. Photo: Sámediggi | the Sámi Parliament

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Contact information

Nina Brander, Senior Specialist 
Prime Minister's Office, Government Strategy Department, Policy Planning Unit 0295160347  


Maiju Ranta, Coordinator 
Prime Minister's Office, Government Strategy Department, Policy Planning Unit 0295160272