Sofia Jannok of the Sámi reindeer herding community releases music video for “This is my land”

A few months back I had the great opportunity of joining the Indigenous Environmental Network’s media team in Paris to cover their Indigenous Rising Delegation at the COP21.

Screen Shot 2016-03-24 at 2.44.34 PMWhile in Paris, we were joined by other indigenous representatives from around the world. One of which was the Sámi, an indigenous Finno-Ugric people inhabiting the Arctic area of Sápmi. Their culture goes back over thousands of years. Today their lands encompasses parts of far northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and the border area between south and middle Sweden and Norway.

Climate change is completely shifting their way of life and their livelihoods, which is heavily based on fishing and semi-nomadic reindeer herding. Additionally, they are experiencing direct cultural and environmental threats including oil exploration, mining, dam building, logging, military bombing ranges, tourism and commercial development.

Sofia Jannok, a singer and activist was one of the Sámi who joined with the Indigenous Environmental Network’s Indigenous Rising delegation for many of the “outside” actions, critiquing the COP21’s flimsy commitment to keeping oil in the ground, protecting indigenous rights, and moving away from false solutions towards towards a just transition to renewable energy. I was always moved by her voice and the traditional songs she shared.

Check out her new video! It’ll give you the chills. The video also includes some of my footage from the D12 action in Paris!

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