Sweden: Sami indigenous population fear mine will threaten their livelihoods

Author: Cultural Survival, Published on: 7 January 2016

"A New Era of Exploitation? Mining Sami Lands in Sweden", Dec 2015

…In this remote corner of Sweden above the Arctic Circle, a battle line has been drawn over the proposed Kallak iron mine, pitting environmentalists and the region’s Indigenous population–the Sami, who number around 20,000 in Sweden —against those in favor of mining as a means of boosting jobs and revenue…The Sami have inhabited the northerly reaches of Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula in Russia (a place they call Sápmi) for thousands of years, living off the land and its resources as pastoralists and hunters…The Sami community is adamant that if the mine goes ahead, it will endanger their livelihoods…[Refers to Beowulf Mining, Jokkmokk Iron Mines (part of Beowulf Mining)]

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Related companies: Beowulf Mining