Teaching Global Indigenous Issues through Film

Organization: Institute for Global Studies UMN and Leech Lake Tribal College

Venue: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Event Date/Time: Aug 26, 2013 / 8:30 am - (CST) End Date/Time: Aug 27, 2013 / 4:30 pm - (CST)
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August 26-27, 2013, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Northern Lights Conference Center

Registration deadline: August 12, 2013


There are over 370 million indigenous people in some 90 countries, living in all regions of the world. The Sami are the indigenous people living in the very north of Europe, in the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula.  The Sami are considered one people but like Native Americans in the US the Sami are diverse groups of people based on their pattern of settlement and forms of sustainability.


In Finland the Sami were recognized as an indigenous people in the Finnish Constitution in 1995. This gives the Sami the right to maintain and develop their language and culture as well as their traditional livelihood, which includes reindeer herding. However, the Sami face many challenges in regards to these rights, as the government controls 90 percent of their lands. There are 9000 Sami people living in Finland today.  Much like there Northern Native American counterparts they fear assimilation will destroy their way of life and unique culture.  


Participants in this 2-day workshop will have the opportunity to meet Sami people from Finland, scholars and native leaders who will discuss "Indigenous" identity in a global and local context through lecture and film. The focus of this workshop will be on the development of knowledge necessary to incorporating these issues into the classroom.



Dr Angelica Lawson


Collaboration between Institute for Global Studies UMN,Department of American Indian Studies UMN, and Leech Lake Tribal College; to take place up on Leech Lake Indian Reservation, Northern Lights Conference Center, Leech Lake Room, Walker, MN 


Cost: $50 includes all course materials

Optional housing Northern Lights Hotel

CEUs: 15

Optional Graduate Credits: 1




Institute for Global Studies UMN and Leech Lake Tribal College