Consultation duty in Sámi matters

Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government

Publisher Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion

As an indigenous people, the Sámi are entitled to be consulted on matters that affect them, this right is enshrined in ILO Convention no. 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries, Article 6. The Agreement on procedures for consultations between the Central Government authorities and the Sámediggi sets out detailed procedures for how consultations with the Sámediggi shall take place.

As an indigenous people, the Sámi are entitled to be consulted on matters that affect them. This right is enshrined in ILO Convention no. 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries, Article 6. The Agreement on procedures for consultations between the Central Government authorities and the Sámediggi, which was entered into between the Minister of Local Government and Regional Development and the President of the Sámediggi on 11 May 2005, sets out detailed procedures for how consultations with the Sámediggi shall take place. In a plenary session on 1 June 2005, the Sámediggi endorsed the procedures. By the Royal Decree of 1 July 2005, it was confirmed that the agreed procedures would apply to the whole central government administration.

Central government authorities may also be obliged to consult with other Sámi interests in addition to the Sámediggi. This applies in particular to matters that directly affect Sámi land use such as reindeer husbandry.

Procedures for Consultations between State Authorities and The Sami Parliament [Norway]

Procedures for Consultations - Spanish translation (PDF)