Rivers, resistance and resilience: Sustainable futures in Sápmi and in other indigenous peoples? territories

Time period: 2012-01-01 to 2015-12-31

Project leader: May-Brit Öhman, May-Britt Öhman

Funder: Formas

Type of award: Unclassified

Total fundning: 6 000 000 SEK

Overall aim of this supradisciplinary research project is to analyze the sociotechnical aspects of human security, sustainability for, resistance and resilience of indigenous peoples in (post)colonial settings in regard to industrial exploitations of riverscapes/waterscapes. Apart from the analysis of the interactions between different groups of human beings, Sámi communities, individuals, associations, on the one hand and local and state authorities as well as industrial companies on the other, the project also departs from the understanding that the interaction between human society and the natural world goes beyond the control of one by the other and therefore aims at a broader understanding of agency, one in which both humans and nature act as agents of change. Geographical focus is on waterscapes in Swedish Sápmi ? the Lule, Ume, Kalix and Torne rivers. Wider comparisons will be made with other colonial settings, Japan, Norway, Finland, Australia, the US; The Great Ruaha and Rufiji in Tanzania, as well as rivers in India and Canada. Apart from the cross-disciplinary collaboration envisioned, the supradisciplinarity is based on decolonizing methodology where an important part is collaboration with indigenous and Sámi scholars and a close collaboration with Sámi associations, individuals, artists and filmmakers ? as well as representatives of authorities and industrial companies.