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Sápmi Talent 2013

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Jeagilveagi geasseleaira 8.-10.8.2012

Sámi Siida is one of the oldest Sámi associations operating in Finnish Lapland. The roots of the association are in the Teno youth organisation, which operated in the 1950s, and later became the Sámi association Sámi Siida. Sámi Siida was registered as a non-profit association in 1976. In 2010, Sámi Siida changed their constitution in order to focus more on the conservation, development and usage of the North Sámi language in their operations. At the same time, North Sámi became the only official language of the association. In the same year, Inari Sámi people from the Inari area joined Sámi Siida.

From the very beginning, Sámi Siida ry has organised activities for children and youth. The association has 300 members, and it operates in the areas of Tenonlaakso and Inari. The association is a member of the Saami Association of Finland / Suoma Sámiid Guovddášsearvi (SSG).

The purpose of the association is to support, strengthen and revive the North Sámi language. Additional objectives include securing the rights of the Sámi people to preserve, practise, and promote the Sámi culture, supporting and promoting the cultural, social, juridical and general financial objectives of the Sámi people, and exercising cross-border cooperation.

Sámi Siida enjoys many long traditions in cooperation with the Sirma village association to promote the Sámi languages and Sámi culture. The longest-running of these traditions is the annual Sámi National Day celebration on February 6, organised in turns by both associations. The cooperation and work for reviving the leisure activities for children and youth has intensified since 2007, when the association received a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation for the Tenonlaakso culture school project. The purpose of the cooperation is to allow children and young people to learn and develop their Sámi language and to strengthen their Sámi identity while participating in the activities.