Preparations for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Concerning the Sámi People

The Government launched preparations for a truth and reconciliation process concerning the Sámi people in October 2017. In cooperation with the Finnish Sámi Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Justice explored how the process should be implemented and what kind of role and composition the independent commission should have.

In summer 2018, a consultation round was organised in the Sámi homeland and the largest cities in Finland to hear people’s thoughts and ideas about the process, the commission’s mandate, the members of the commission, and how they should be selected. A report on the material collected during the consultation round has been published in six languages. 

The work to establish the truth and reconciliation commission continued in line with the Programme of Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s Government. The Government appointed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Concerning the Sámi People on 28 October 2021. The term of the commission will continue until 31 December 2023.

The objective of the commission’s work is to gather Sámi people’s experiences of the actions of the Finnish state and authorities and their effects on the Sámi people, and to make this information visible.

The mandate

The mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Concerning the Sámi People was drawn up in 2019 in cooperation with the Sámi Parliament and the Skolt Sámi Siida Council:

Mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Concerning the Sámi People

Mandate in the Sámi languages:

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Concerning the Sámi People

Contact information

Martta Alajärvi, Coordinator 
Prime Minister's Office, Government Strategy Department, Saamelaisten totuus- ja sovintokomission sihteeristö 0295160486