The Sami Church Days celebrate the UN International day of the world’s indigenous peoples under the slogan “Holy ground! Holy Word”. The first chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Ole Henrik Magga, participates at the opening seminar.
The UN Indigenous peoples’ day characterizes the opening day of the Sami Church Days 2013. The Bible text for the sermon on the opening worship service is “Take your shoes off you, for the place where you stand is holy ground” (Gen 3,5). At the opening seminar Ole Henrik Magga, together with the bishop of Greenland, Inuit Sofie Petersen, and Gwitch’in Norma Kassi, talk about climate change, indigenous peoples and nature spirituality. The the award-winning SVT documentary “The Victims of the New Weather”, which follows the Kassi family in Canada, and shows how climate change affects indigenous peoples in Canada’s Arctic, will be shown during the night.
The cultural peak experience of the day will be the premiere of the commissioned work by Frode Fjellheims choral work “Aejlies eatneme! Aejlies Baakoe – Holy Ground! Holy Word”.
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