The Sami Parliament`s strategies for Sami languages


Fellowship, our heritage and our bond with our ancestors. Through the language, an affinity grows, regardless of which Sami language you master or how little or how much you master the language.

Sami language policy is therefore both about taking back a lost language, and developing Sami languages ​​in the areas where Sami is used in daily life. Despite various language situations, the language binds us together through a common desire for the preservation, development and strengthening of Sami languages. Sami language policy is also about framework conditions, legal regulations and the everyday life of language users. Sami languages ​​affect all areas of society, and a good language policy must reflect this.

The Sámi Parliament wants Sámi languages ​​to be heard, used and seen in society, and the Sámi Parliament’s language strategy – Gïelelutnjeme – Giellalåpptim – Giellalogen focuses on visualization, development, recruitment and competence enhancement at all levels. There will be a special focus on language services for children and young people. Gïelelutnjeme – Giellalåpptim – Giellalokten also focuses on cooperation and coordination between institutions, bodies and organizations working with Sami languages.

Our vision is that Sami languages ​​should be a natural part of society, and that everyone should be given the opportunity to hear, see and use Sami languages ​​in all areas of society. Sami languages ​​should be a natural part of everyday life for both Sami and Norwegian speakers.

The Sami language policy is based on long-term work and on the follow-up of VAT 2016: 18 Vájmo giella. Our strategies for Sami languages ​​will be the Sami Parliament’s governing document in the further work to follow up Vájmo giella.

The overall objectives of the Sami Parliament’s language strategy – Gïelelutnjeme – Giellalåpptim – Giellalokten are:

  • Equal and unified languages
  • Visible and society bearing languages

In this strategy, emphasis is placed on overall 3 areas of action:

  • Language courses for children and young people
  • Awareness and collaboration
  • Recruitment and skills enhancement

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