Rapport : Seminar on Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples – 10 septembre 2012

Extractive_industriesLe 10 septembre 2012 un séminaire sur les industries extractives et les peuples autochtones avait été organisé par le ministère des Affaires étrangères de la Norvège et le Working group on Indigenous Peoples in the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, en collaboration avec le Centre for Sami Studies de l’Université de Tromsø (Voir la présentation du séminaire). Le rapport de ce séminaire est maintenant disponible en libre accès.

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Introduction

 This report presents the talks of the speakers and a summary of the discussions conducted at the seminar on extractive industries and indigenous peoples, arranged in Tromsø, Norway on September 10, 2012.

The seminar was arranged in conjunction with the on-going Norwegian chairmanship of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) 2011-2013. As chair of the BEAC, Norway regards it as important to organize an informed debate on the relationship between extractive industries and the concerns and rights of indigenous peoples (cf. opening address by Deputy Minister Larsen). The increased extraction of minerals, while providing new opportunities for people living in the Barents region, poses a pressing challenge to indigenous peoples’ traditional way of life and their sustainable use of natural resources, as well as their right to participate in the benefits of such activities. As pointed out by the three Norwegian Deputy Ministers Torgeir Larsen, Tone Toften and Jeanette Iren Moen, Norway considers it, in order to address this common challenge in a timely and orderly manner, essential to promote close consultation and open debate between governments, indigenous peoples and the extractive industries. The chair of the BEAC Working Group of Indigenous peoples Lars-Anders Baer expressed a hope that the governments of Finland, Sweden and Russia will follow the Norwegian example and enter into a dialogue with the indigenous peoples in matters related to extractive industries.

The topicality of these issues are revealed in the currently increased industrial activities pertaining to reopening of older mines as well as expectations for large undiscovered mineral reserves. In the Norwegian Northern Strategy geophysical measuring is a target area, and Geology for Society estimates that there are large undiscovered mineral reserves valued to 2000 billion NOK in the northern part of Norway (GeoNor 2010: 4). Lire la suite

Table of Contents

 Introduction

SESSION I: OPENING ADDRESS

Torgeir Larsen, Deputy Minister Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Egil Olli, President of the Sami Parliament, Norway

Elisabeth Gammelsæter, the Norwegian Mining and Quarrying Industries, Norway

Lars-Anders Baer, Chairman of the Barents Council Working Group of Indigenous peoples WGIP.

SESSION II: INTERNATIONAL FRAMEWORK AND STANDARDS APPLICABLE TO RESOURCE EXTRACTION ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’

James Anaya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Alexandra Guaqueta, Member of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

SESSION III: GOVERNMENT REGULATION/FRAMEWORK FOR INTERACTION BETWEEN INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND THE INDUSTRY

Mark Taylor, Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies

Tone Toften, Deputy Minister Norwegian Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs

Per Wallén, Swedish Foreign Ministry

Jeanette Iren Moen, Deputy Minister Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry

Summary of Q&A session

SESSION IV: INDUSTRY – INDIGENOUS PEOPLES INTERACTION

Courtney Fidler, University of Saskatchewan

Courtney Fidler presentation slides:

Experiences from Sweden

Presentation from Christina Lundmark, SweMin

Presentation from Niila Inga, Reindeer herder, Laevas sameby

Case from Norway.

Presentation from Øystein Rushfeldt, CEO Nussir

Presentation from Ragnhild Marit Sara, Reindeer herding district 22- Fiettar

Summary of Q&A Session

PLENARY DISCUSSION: THE WAY FORWARD. ARE SUSTAINABLE PARTNERSHIPS POSSIBLE? 90 CONCLUDING REMARKS.98 APPENDIX – PROGRAM

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