Next steps taken in establishing Sámi truth and reconciliation commission

Government Communications Department 13.11.2019 19.03
Press release 591/2019

At its evening session on 13 November 2019, the Government discussed the mandate for the truth and reconciliation commission concerning the Sámi people and decided to progress towards appointing the commissioners. The aim is to set up a five-member commission that would operate impartially and independently. The goal of the work of the new Sámi truth and reconciliation commission will be to investigate and learn from the events of history.

The mandate for the commission in Finland was prepared in 2019 in cooperation with the Sámi Parliament and the Skolt Village Assembly, which will also discuss the mandate in their meetings. The appointment process is scheduled to begin after these proceedings.

Inquiries: Johanna Suurpää, Director General and Head of Unit, tel. +358 295 150 534, Ministry of Justice, Johanna Hautakorpi, Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 295 150 018, Ministry of Justice and Nina Brander, Senior Specialist, tel. +358 295 160 347, Prime Minister’s Office