Saturday, September 23, 2006

Indigenous Consultation Enhances Sámi Organizer's Belonging to Lutheran Family

Sámi have greater opportunities than many other indigenous people

Line Skum belongs to the Sámi people in Norway. She is dressed in a traditional Sámi bonnet, but she does not wear it every day during her work as a consultant for the Sámi Church Council.

During the Karasjok consultation she has kept her smile each day, no matter what has come before her.

"I'm very busy and have enjoyed working on this consultation which our Sámi people are hosting in Karasjok. Sometimes our planning for the part of the consultation have run behind time. But I am really delighted to work here and learn more about indigenous' culture questions throughout the world," says Line.

She thinks the Karasjok meeting has a special meaning for the Sámi people.

"It enhances my feeling of being part of the large international Lutheran family," says Line.

Answering a question about her being a Sámi, she says that it is not difficult belonging to this indigenous group in Norway. She also sees Sámi as having greater opportunities than many other indigenous people at the meeting.

La conférence renforce le sentiment d'appartenance de l'organisatrice Sámie à la famille luthérienne

Line Skum, consultante pour l'Église de Norvège, a été la cheville ouvrière de l'organisation de cette conférence. Habillée du traditionnel costume Sámi, un sourire éclatant aux lèvres, elle reconnaît que le planning a parfois été difficile à tenir, mais qu'elle a apprécié travailler à Karasjok et apprendre tellement des cultures indigènes du monde entier.

Pour le peuple Sámi, cette conférence a eu une signification particulière : "Cela a vraiment renforcé mon sentiment d'appartenance à la grande famille luthérienne internationale." Interrogée sur ce sujet, elle dit ne pas avoir de difficulté particulière en tant que Sámie en Norvège. Elle a eu la confirmation ici que les Sámis ont plus d'opportunités que beaucoup des autres peuples présents.

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