SAMI-Geology & Topo Studies for Protest Against U.S. Gold Mining Expansions
Sami Reindeer Project – Norway
Reindeer herding has been the way of life for almost 10,000 years for the Sami Peoples of the Arctic Circle Region. An aerial photo taken along the cliffs of Alta, Norway shows an 8,000 year old Reindeer petroglyph depicting reindeer herding as part of the lifeline and soul of the indigenous Sami, a testament to the importance of this animal in the livelihood of the Sami people.
Inti Raymi Fund’s Contribution
In keeping with the Inti Raymi Funds’s mission to support these ancient and fragile societies, the Inti Raymi Fund is providing significant financing and sponsorship of the Indigenous Sami Peoples Reindeer Cooperate of Northern Norway. The funds are being used for software and topo mapping, studies in soil degradation, pollution and erosion, with the intent to thwart a large U.S. Mining company from building a significant gold mining operation in the valley of Kautokeino, Norway. The proposed mine is currently under review by the Norwegian government and the Sami Parliament as well as the local community. Preventing big industry money and extractive industries from a victory here will set a new precedent in foiling the exploitive destruction of an ancient society. The message will be that money doesn’t
always matter…life and lifestyle aren’t always for sale! Keep in mind that this is where Santa Claus, his reindeer and the elves came from. Let’s not lose this dream like so many other cultures and customs which have already disappeared globally.
The Inti Raymi Fund became aware of the Sami Peoples while attending the World Conference of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The Inti Raymi Fund provided a $25,000 Grant into Sami Community for the above aforementioned Human Rights Project.
The Inti Raymi Fund would like to note that the Norwegian government represents the quintessential global role model for human rights internationally. It was recently recognized accordingly at this year’s UN World Conference for Indigenous Peoples Rights, which the Inti Raymi Fund attended. The Government of Norway not only acknowledges these Indigenous Sami Peoples of Norway, but also funds their annual payroll of approximately 200 parliamentary members and support staff for the Sami Parliment. This truly is courage and grace hand in hand.
Thank you, Norway
Start Date: June, 2013
Completion Date: June, 2013
Funded so far: $25,000 USD
Total Project: $25,000 USD
Lives Affected: 3,000
CHIMU-IRF Founder & Nils Peter I Guap