Ijahis Idja is Looking for Volunteers!

Ijahis Idja needs volunteers to help the festival between August 17th and 19th with traffic control, ticket sales, cleaning the festival area and as festival helpers.

Come and join the Ijahis Idja crew and you will get the festival pass for Friday and Saturday concerts! Also you’ll get warm meal on the day you’re working.

When signing up, tell your name, e-mail, phone number and which days you would prefer to work.

More info and signing up for the work:

Associate producer Aleksi Ahlakorpi / aleksi.ahlakorpi@samediggi.fi / +358 40 687 8844


Photo: Ijahis Idja/ Paadar Images


Ijahis Idja is a festival celebrating the music of indigenous peoples and has been held in Inari since 2004. The event is the only music festival held in Finland that concentrates on Sámi music. The Ijahis idja (‘Nightless Night’) Indigenous Music Festival is yearly held in the village of Inari, Finland. Festival venue is the Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos. You can listen and experience Sámi and other indigenous peoples music in festival events such as concerts, music seminars, workshops and sports competitions.

See you at Ijahis idja!

Sámi Cultural Intangible Heritage Conference May 23rd – 24th, Sajos #urbánbeaivvit

The conference theme is intangible cultural Sámi heritage such as duodji (Sámi handicrafts), archive objects, cultural memories, yoik, storytelling, and traditional land use and rights. The goal is to discuss, define and build a common ground in order to protect collective Sámi intangible heritage on a national and transnational levels.  Information and program are found here.

Conference is open to all interested in the topic and can be followed also through live-stream broadcast.

Participation fee includes conference and cultural program (concerts, exhibitions, plays and films), coffee and lunch.

Events during the conference

23.5.2018 at 12:10

  • Opening of the Duodji Exhibition – Ellos Duodji!
  • Fia Kaddik: Short Course on Tin Thread Weaving

23.5.2018 at 17:45 – 19:30 Cultural Program

  • Publication of the 6th Poetry Collection of Niillas Holmberg
  • Niillas Holmberg reading his poems and yoiking
  • Inga Victoria Påve: Presentation of the photos in the Poetry Collection

24.5.2018 at 20:00 – 21:00 Evening program in Sajos, Film night with Skábmagovat

Other seminars

May 21st – 22nd, 2018

Sami Traditional Music  (invited guests)

Seminar topics: rights, relations and obligations regarding Sami traditional music.
Organized by the University of Lapland and the Sámi Parliament

Contact person: Piia Nuorgam, LLM and PhD student, piia.nuorgam(at)ulapland.fi /+358 44 3131 320

May 22nd, 2018 at 12:00 – 17:30, Sajos

How to Protect Duodji?

Open discussion about the protection of Duodji (open for everyone)
Organized by Saami Council

Registration and information: www.saamicouncil.net

Ellen Berit Dalbakk, Project Manager of the Duodji Label, kmr@saamicouncil.net/ +47 99796 947

Contact information

Milja Guttorm, Conference Coordinator/ Regional Artist, Taike – Arts Promotion Centre Finland; milja.guttorm(at)taike.fi+358 295 330 865

Riitta Orti-Berg; Sámi Parliament, Finland; riitta.orti-berg(at)samediggi.fi +358 40 840 0383

Susanne Idivuoma; Sámi parliament, Sweden; susanne.idivuoma(at)sametinget.se +46 980 780 48

Silja Somby; Sámi Parliament, Norway; silja.somby(at)samediggi.no +47 78 48 42 30

The conference is organized by Sami Parliaments in Finland, Sweden and Norway, Sami Artist Council, Sami Council, Sámi Duodji-Sameslöjdstiftelsen, and Taike – Arts Promotion Centre Finland

Photo: Kirsi Suomi

The Delegation of the Sámi Parliament in Finland to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

Tuomas Aslak Juuso, the Second Vice President of the Sámi Parliament in Finland, and the representatives of the Sámi Parliament’s Youth Council participate in the UN’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York on April 16-22, 2018. The 17th session of the Forum takes place at the UN Headquarters on April 16-27, 2018. The theme of the Forums is “Indigenous Peoples’ Collective Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources”.

The Second Vice President, Tuomas Aslak Juuso, and the following members of the Youth Council participated in the Permanent Forum; Risten Mustonen, Anni Saara Aikio, Anni-Sofia Löf, Maria Mäkinen and Sunna Aikio. In addition, the Sámi Parliaments in Norway and Sweden and numerous Sámi associations from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia are also present in the Forum.

This year the plenary sessions organized during the first week are all open meetings. The meetings organized in second week are all closed. Representatives of indigenous peoples traditionally organize multiple side events during the Permanent Forum. The purpose of these events is to draw attention and share information on current themes concerning indigenous peoples.

In cooperation with other actors, the Sámi Parliament in Finland organized a side event “Truth and Reconciliation Commissions – Sami Story Telling and Healing in Finland” on April 16th. The event was chaired by Eduardo Gonzales, adviser to several truth-seeking processes led by indigenous peoples. In the event, among other topics, the participants shared information on current states of the truth and reconciliation processes in Norway, Finland and Sweden.

In cooperation with various other actors, the Youth Council organized another side event on April 18th. The topic of the event was the Arctic Railway project. The representatives of the Sámi youth highlighted the impacts that the possible railway would have on their future and their chances in practicing traditional livelihoods. In addition, the youth pointed out the project’s psychological effects to their well being.  The representatives of the Sámi youth stated that they collectively oppose the Arctic Railway project.

In the photograph above: Representatives of the Youth Council – Anni-Sofia Löf, Anni Saara Aikio, Risten Mustonen, Sunna Aikio and Maria Mäkinen.

More information:

Second Vice President of the Sámi Parliament Tuomas Aslak Juuso, tel. +358 40 187 1331, tuomas.juuso(at)samediggi.fi 

The Chair of the Sámi Parliament’s Youth Council Risten Mustonen, risten.mustonen(at)gmail.com 

The Sámi Parliament’s phone center is closed on Fri 16th of March

The Sámi Parliament’s phone center is closed on Friday 16th of March.

  •  16.3.2018 development and strategy discussion in Inari with board and staff.


The Ambassador of Israel in Finland visited Inari

The Ambassador of Israel in Finland Dov Segev-Steinberg visited the Sámi Parliament on Thursday 8th of March, 2018. The president of Sámi Parliament Tiina Sanila-Aikio met the Ambassador in Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos.

For more information:

Tiina Sanila Aikio

President, the Sámi Parliament in Finland