Saturday, May 21

This is how Noah Jovnna (4 ½) celebrated the Sami national day

The Sami National Day was marked in Oslo City Hall on Sunday. Both the Prime Minister, the mayor and the president of the Sami Parliament called for a fight against incitement and discrimination.

Children from the Sami kindergarten in Oslo performed three songs in Oslo City Hall.

For the first time in two years, the Sami national day could be celebrated in Oslo City Hall. 300 guests were gathered for two hours of solemn celebration.

In his speech, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre emphasized that children are the future. He also emphasized that Sami culture has become much more visible both in Norway and the world in recent years.

– Now we have even got Sami text on the milk roll, Støre said to great laughter from the audience.

– At the same time, I have to point out what is not so good. In a survey last year, 3 out of 4 young Sami answered that they had experienced discrimination, Støre said.

He promised that the government will now take a stand for the Sami language, so that more young people will have the opportunity to learn the language and get to know their cultural heritage.

Started learning Sami this fall

Oline Ellingsrud Rafaelsen (14), who was born and raised in Oslo, started learning Sami this autumn.

– I take back my Sami identity. It means a lot to me to be able to learn Sami since neither of my parents know the language. I do it for myself and my family, she says to Aftenposten.

The 14-year-old says that young Sami artists who have participated in “Star Wars” and “Melodi Grand Prix” have also inspired her to learn Sami.

– It’s nice to feel represented in the big media, she says.

Oline herself has never received any negative comments about being Sami.

– But I come from the Old Oslo district, and here there is a lot of diversity and great unity, says Oline Ellingsrud Rafaelsen.

– No one should experience harassment or harassment

The mayor of Oslo, Marianne Borgen, said from the rostrum that the municipality wants to promote the Sami language and culture to young people.

– The Sami are a natural part of Oslo’s diversity. We want Oslo to be a warm and inclusive city where no one experiences harassment or harassment, said Borgen.

A new survey shows that a lot is also going in the right direction: 8 out of 10 Norwegians say Sami culture is important for Norway.

Positive survey

However, few Norwegians believe they have a good knowledge of Sami culture and history.

The opinion poll was conducted by Respons Analyze among a representative sample of Norwegians. It was published in VG on Sunday.

Only 23 per cent say they have a good knowledge of Sami culture and history, while 81 per cent completely or fairly agree that this is important for Norwegian culture.

– I think it is very good that the Sami have a natural place in our society. It is very good that so many are interested in the Sami, says Sami Parliament President Silje Muotka from the Norwegian Sami National Association (NSR).

The Sami National Day is celebrated on February 6 in memory of the first Sami national meeting held in the Methodist Church in Trondheim in 1917, according to The Sami Parliament. The day has been celebrated since 1993.

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