Yle.fi: Nordic Sámi Convention agreement reached after more than a decade

Yle.fi, 23. December, 2016: http://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/nordic_sami_convention_agreement_reached_after_more_than_a_decade/9371674

The Ministry of Justice announced on Thursday that the new, unified Sámi agreement is based on the current definition of a Sámi person used by the Norwegian government. Chair Sanila-Aikio says the definition is solid.

“But we have to remember that this is also a compromise. I am still happy that a common definition of the kind of person allowed to vote in the Sámi Parliament elections has been found.”

The most salient change affecting the lives of Sámi people in Finland is that an older, archaic definition of a person belonging to that demographic has been done away with.