Land Rights

In Finland and the Scandinavian countries – all of whom have populations of indigineous Sami people – there have been steady incursions into traditional Sami habitats either by wind farms, the logging industry or tourism development. None of these nations have made any attempt to grant the Sami people land rights. In this respect they have a lot to learn from Australia. It’s only on the basis of established land rights that the Sami would have the power to protect their way of life and to determine the pace of change if it is to occur – and adequate compensation. As it stands, they are powerless and as such this is a situation which does not do much credit to these so-called ‘progressive nations’. 

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