Welcome to AIMday

Sustainable development in Sápmi

We are delighted to invite you to AIMday, in Vardagsrummet, Humanities Building, Umeå University on Tuesday, 3 March 2020

On AIMday Sustainable development in Sápmi Sami organisations, companies, and entrepreneurs with a connection to Sami culture, older Sami and other bearers of knowledge get to set the agenda by sending questions (within the theme) in advance, which they want to discuss with researchers at Umeå University.

Each question we receive is matched with scientific competence by way of researchers selecting the questions they wish to discuss based on their expertise. Then, on ”D day”, the persons who formulated the questions meet with researchers in small discussion groups. This leads to an exchange of knowledge, experiences, and ideas, based on current issues that both researchers and Sami bearers of knowledge are interested in. The objective of AIMday is to inspire and lay the foundations for collaboration projects that address important societal challenges.

This AIMday will focus on sustainable development in Sápmi. The effects of global warming, colonial processes, pollution, and globalisation are increasingly evident in the Northern Hemisphere, and for many Arctic indigenous people, pose a threat to traditional living conditions, values and industries. AIMday 2020 will be conducted in connection with Ubmejen Biejvie/the Sami week and focus on sustainable development in Sápmi in the broadest sense of the word, i.e., the country, the water, the flora, the fauna, the business community and the Sami people in the north.

Vaartoe, Centre for Sami Research at Umeå University is an interdisciplinary, cross-border and international centre that endeavours to strengthen and develop Sami and other indigenous research. As researchers, we recognise that there are parallel knowledge systems, both traditional and academic, and that these systems contain knowledge of value for sustainable development.

Would you like to participate and discuss sustainable development in Sápmi, based on these premises? From 16 December to 4 February researchers can view a list of the questions received and indicate which question(s) they would like to contribute to.

Research areas in focus

AIMday Sustainable Development in Sápmi has been divided into the following themes for questions:

  • Health and living conditions
  • Culture and history
  • Land and water
  • Language and education
  • Traditional foods and industries

We have applied for inter-reg funding (Interreg Nord) to create a series of workshops jointly with other universities in Sápmi and in Canadian Québec, AIMday Sustainable Development in Sápmi being the first. The following parties and collaboration partners are included in this proposed cooperation:

  1. Sámi Oahpahusguovddáŝ/ Sami Education Institute, Inari, Finland
  2. University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
  3. Sami Allasuvla/ Sámi University College, Kautokeino, Norge
  4. University of Montreal, Québec, Kanada

If funding is granted, these partners will be involved in AIMday.

AIMday is easy

One question. One hour. One group with wide set of skills

When? Tuesday March 3rd
Where? Vardagsrummet in the Humanities Building at Umeå University


See you on March 3rd

Do you have questions?

Feel free to contact Lena Maria Nilsson, Deputy Director and Coordinator, or any of our five theme leaders.

Coordinator: Lena Maria Nilsson, lena.nilsson@umu.se, +46 (0)90 785 59 59

Health and living conditions: Miguel San Sebastian, miguel.san.sebastian@umu.se, +46 (0)90 786 51 50

Culture and history: Patrik Lantto, patrik.lantto@umu.se, +46 (0)90 786 61 86, Krister Stoor, krister.stoor@umu.se, +46 (0)90 786 62 75

Land and Water: Göran Bostedt, goran.bostedt@umu.se, +46 (0)90 786 50 27

Language and Education: Daniel Lindmark, daniel.lindmark@umu.se, +46 (0)90 786 62 50

Traditional foods and industries: Lena Maria Nilsson (see above)