18.8. The Sámi Council was founded 1956
The Sámi Council is a voluntary Sámi organization (a non–governmental organization), with Sámi member organizations in Finland, Russia, Norway and Sweden. Since it was founded in 1956 the Sámi Council has actively dealt with Sámi policy tasks.
The primary aim of the Sámi Council is the promotion of Sámi rights and interests in the four countries where the Sámi are living. The main task of the Sámi Council is to consolidate the feeling of affinity among the Sámi people, to attain recognition for the Sámi as a nation and to maintain the cultural, political, economic and social rights of the Sámi in the legislation of the four states. (Norway, Sweden, Russia and Finland) and in agreements between states and Sámi representative organizations. The Sámi Council participates in international processes on topics such as indigenous peoples, human rights and arctic and environment.