OURS: Cultural Intellectual Property of Northern Indigenous Peoples
A project on intellectual property rights, presented at the Sámi Summit in Brussels, issued a Publication summarizing results of cooperation.
Intellectual property legislation is considered a complex area of law and the indigenous peoples; and a proper education on this matter is needed. It plays a key role when solutions are sought to legitimate expectations of indigenous peoples. To meet these needs, a project on the cultural intellectual property of northern indigenous peoples was carried out during 2022.
The Sámi Education Institute (SAKK) based in Inari acted as the main project implementer in cooperation with the Sámi Parliament of Finland and the Ministry of Education and Culture. The project was carried out in coordination with intellectual property experts of the Barents Euro-Arctic Region and other partners. Tuomas Mattila, an expert on intellectual property rights and Pasi Jaakonaho, a lecturer in Sámi handicrafts in the Sámi Education Institute and doctoral candidate, were tasked with carrying out the project and preparing this training material. The training material created in the project supports the training of both intellectual property experts and Sámi artists (especially young artists) and all those interested in traditional livelihoods.