Past week Finland did came a long way on its path of creating a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the Sámi population.
The Sámi History in all four established ”Sámi Countries” is sad, upsetting as well as – with the historic outcome fairly well-known among us Historians – unacceptable.
Colonialism has been the signum in all four cases; just appearing in various forms.
Now, at least SIX existing countries are actually more or less involved in the Sámi history: these six countries are Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Denmark.
I say this once and for all:
Denmark needs to form one own Truth and Reconciliation Commission ”ASAP” = As Soon As Possible.
And why is that?
Because Denmark is guilty of many decades of oppression, massacres and severe colonialism versus the Sámi population of Norway, Jämtland, Härjedalen, Särna-Idre as well as several parts of the Arctic areas.
In the years 1524 – 1814 Norway was a part of Denmark. During this era one of the heaviest inquisition processes was executed. This did hit the whole of the population, maybe women the worst; but also ethnic cleansing-like actions, like the killing of at least 35 Sámi shamans were performed. Denmark was entirely and exclusively guilty for this action.
Ever since 1380 and during the Kalmar Union, Norway mainly did obey under Denmark. That means that during a more or less 434 years, the oppression of the Sámis in present-day Norway did launch itself from Denmark and Copenhagen.
There is also one more, crucial aspect to this: Denmark’s contribution to global colonialism was strikingly encompassing; and has certainly not become too exposed so far.
More on that here: https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danska_kolonier
C O N C L U S I O N
There is but one conclusion here. Or, actually, two:
1. Denmark needs to form an own Truth and Reconciliation Commission immediately.
2. All Nordic countries (including Russia; possibly except Iceland) need to cooperate along and in-between these commissions)
Major Peter Schnitler (1690-1751), gränsingenjören, föddes i Christianshavn.
Han ville ackulturera samebarnen och placera ut dom i bondefamiljer för att utrota deras ”vandringslust”.
Mer om Schnitler här: https://southsaamihistory.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/vem-var-major-schnitler-och-hur-bevisar-hans-verk-tva-nationers-landstold-av-samer/
FINAL NOTE: Someone observant might ponder around the ”Nordic” expression:
Certainly, Russia does not count among the Nordic countries; yet, nevertheless it has its ”own” Lappland and it’s own North.