About the project

Indigenous in the City

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Indigenous peoples worldwide are becoming increasingly urbanized, particularly the young indigenous population. Cultures and identities that were once pushed to the rural peripheries, now have to survive and grow in an urban context. The NUORGÁV project (2015 – 2017) investigates urban indigenous politics, with a special eye to how young indigenous people organize and attempt […]

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New article: “Is an urban Sámi future possible?”

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A post-colonial perspective on young and urban Sámi. In the most recent issue of Norsk sosiologisk tidsskrift, Astri Dankertsen & Christina Åhrén discuss the survival and growth of indigenous identity and culture among urbanized youth. The article is based on interviews with young Sámi in different Nordic states’ urban areas. The article is available in Norwegian […]

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New article: “The governance of urban indigenous spaces: Norwegian Sámi examples”

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This article explores different ways of governing urban indigenous social spaces, with an eye to how local indigenous self-government is facilitated or frustrated. In Acta Borealia‘s most recent issue, Mikkel Berg-Nordlie looks at “urban indigenous spaces”: organized social spaces that enable the practice, preservation, transfer, and development of indigenous culture, language, identity, and community in an […]

Conference in Tråante

Conference Program: “An urban future for Sápmi?”

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Final program for the Tråante Conference at Sverresborg Museum in October 2017. Presentations on October 19th will be predominantly in Norwegian, and on October 20th predominantly in English. Following each researcher’s presentation, 15-20 minutes are set aside for open discussion. Thursday October 19 09.00 Registration. Chair: Daniel Johansen. 09.30 Conference opens 09:40 Welcome speech by Saemien […]

Conference in Tråante

Conference: “An urban future for Sápmi?”

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A conference on Sámi urbanization and Sámi urbanity will take place in Trondheim during the fall of 2017. The conference will be held in Sverresborg Trøndelag Folk Museum, lasting two days, October 19.-20, 2017 “An urban future for Sápmi” aims to gather researchers on Sámi urbanization and urbanity from different institutions and states. Researchers on […]

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Research workshop in Lapland

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On September 1-2. 2016, Nuorgáv’s final research workshop was held in Rovaniemi (Lapland Province, Finland). Special subjects for discussion was the planned book An urban future for Sápmi, and the project’s closing conference which is to be held in Trondheim during the fall of 2017 and be open for the public. News about the book, […]

About the researchers

Team members

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The project is a cooperation between NIBR (Oslo, Norway), Nord University (Bodø, Norway) and the Arctic Centre (Rovaniemi, Finland). The following researchers constitute the project team.   NIBR Urban and Regional Research Institute, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences Mikkel Berg-Nordlie.  Key subjects: Urban indigenous governance, urban indigenous spaces, youth organizing, education and […]