Tiina Sanila-Aikio, or Paavvâl Taannâl Tiina in Sámi language, was born in Sevettijärvi, Inari 25.3.1983, far up north in Finland, to a reindeer hearding family. Sanila-Aikio grew up in Sevettijärvi, where she went to the elementary school. After high school, which she attended in Rovaniemi, she started studying law in Lapland University. Nowadays she lives in the village of Inari with her husband and daughter.
Sanila-Aikio has been member of the Sámi Parliament since year 2012. She was elected as 1. Vice President of the Parliament for the electoral term of 2012-2015, and as President of the Parliament in May 2015 for the end of the electoral term 2012-2015. Sanila-Aikio was re-elected as a President of the Sámi Parliament for the electoral term 2016-2019 in February 2016.
Before becoming the President of the Sámi Parliament, Sanila-Aikio was working as a teacher of Skolt Sámi language and culture in the Sámi Education Institute in Inari. During that time, she was also active in other aspects of Skolt Sámi language and culture, like translating and creating new educational material. Sanila-Aikio is also known for her performing art. Both traditional Skolt Sámi leudd songs and modern rock music are near her heart. Tiina Sanila-Aikio, when ever she has time, goes back to reindeer hearding, which is the second livelyhood of her family.
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