Calendar | 09/03/2017

Indigenous peoples, environment and future

Add to my calendar 2017-03-09 2017-03-09 Europe/Helsinki Indigenous peoples, environment and future Indigenous peoples, environment and future Koneen Säätiö


Maastamuutto, alkaako tulevaisuus nyt? -seminaari

What are we referring to when discussing indigenous people? How are communities regenerated and on the other hand conserved by art? How would one define a modern relationship with nature? These questions, among others, will be on the table when researchers and artists are searching for answers through thematically constructed speeches and group discussions.

To start, the participants will watch a short film screening featuring selected works from Tampere Film Festival’s First Peoples program. Then, based on the views presented in the films, artists, filmmakers and academics will have a unique chance to exchange ideas during a series of short statements and group discussions. The attendees will learn from each other through dialogue, all the while searching for concrete answers to questions that arise.

The goal of the event is to bring filmmakers and researchers together in a creative environment where they can come up with new and multidisciplinary collaborations. Potential new projects may then apply for Kone Foundation annual grants.

The event will be held in English.

The event is collaboration with Kone Foundation and Tampere Film Festival.

Speakers, performers and organizers

Confirmed speakers

Full program and schedules will be updated here in February.

Stina Aletta Aikio works as an artist in Viidon Sieddit – New Measures of Sámi Nature Relationships -project. Examines in their work how global consumption changes our material reality and turns our nature relationship into multidimensional and complex relations in which we need to reconsider our actions and responsibilities.

Caroline Monnet is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Quebec. At the moment she is based in Montréal. She studied both Sociology and Communication at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and the University of Granada (Spain) before pursuing a career in visual arts and films. Her short films have screened at numerous festivals including Toronto International Film Festival (Ikwé, Warchild, Tshieutin), Les Rencontres Internationales (Gephyrophobia) and Sundance Film Festival (Mobilize). She is presently developping her first feature film.

Aaju Peter is currently a home-based sealskin garment business owner, translator and volunteer worker for the music society. She has collected traditional law from elders for the Department of Justice, and raised her five children. In 2005 she graduated from Akitsiraq Law School and was called to the bar. Born in 1960 in Arkisserniaq, a northern Greenland community, Aaju has lived up and down the west coast of her native country as a result of her father’s teaching and preaching career. At eleven, Aaju left Greenland to attend school in Denmark where she learned to read German, French, English and Latin—and to speak Danish in addition to Greenlandic. At age eighteen, she returned home to Greenland, and in 1981, moved to Iqaluit, Canada where she has taken up residence ever since. Here, Aaju picked up English and Inuktitut, which has helped her succeed in her work as an interpreter. She has done volunteer work with various women’s and interpretation organizations. Her interests led her to the Arctic College where she took Inuit studies. She has travelled Greenland, Europe and Canada performing modern drum dance, traditional singing, and displaying sealskin fashions.  These days Aaju is advocating for Inuit rights to seal and to sealskin products as well as the Inuit right to be involved in issues related to Arctic waters. In 2012, she received the Order of Canada for the work in the area of advocating for Inuit language and culture.


Jason Ryle is the Artistic Director of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival based in Toronto, Canada. imagineNATIVE is the world’s largest showcase of film, video, audio and digital media works created by indigenous media artists. In his capacity as Artistic Director, Jason oversees all artistic and programming aspects of the annual festival and the organisation’s year-round activities, including international co-presentations. He is a lapsed filmmaker but has recently produced his first short film, SNIP (2016), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and screened at Berlinale Generation.

Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen is assistant professor in Indigenous Studies at the University of Helsinki. Among others, she has worked with the Apurinã and Machinery in Brazilian Amazonia. Her publications include Indigenous Youth in Brazilian Amazonia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), as well as several edited books and articles on indigenous politics, mobility, shamanism, ethno-history, decolonizing methods, as well as indigenous ontologies and epistemologies. She has co-authored various indigenous school materials.

Suvi West is a documentary director, TV- and media worker. Her movies have been screened in film festivals around the world and on Nordic TV channels. West’s first feature length documentary Sparrooabbán (Me and My Little Sister) won the audience prize at Docpoint film festival in 2016. She is know to the wider audience from the Märät säpikkäät (Wet Reindeer Fur Leggings) – TV program, that she co-created with her friend Anne Kirste Aikio. Wet Reindeer Fur Leggings was nominated for the best national comedy series Venla prize in 2012. The majority of West’s work consists the Sámi culture, society and area. The film Juuret on (Under Two Skiers), that she co-directed with Anssi Kömi is presented at the Tampere Film Festival in the Sámi Films screening on Thursday 9.3, 8 pm and on Saturday 11.3, 4 pm

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Part 1: Screening

Attendees sign up and meet at Galleria Bertel (Labour Museum Werstas, 2nd floor, addr. Väinö Linnan aukio 8)

Private Screening at Plevna

Welcome words by Juhani Alanen (Executive director, Tampere Film Festival)

Films presented by Jason Ryle

Lunch break (self-financed)

We recommend e.g. Restaurant Plevna or Pala Café, both located in the Finlayson area.


Part 2: Discussions at Galleria Bertel

Welcome by Anna Talasniemi and Kalle Korhonen (Kone Foundation)

Warm up chat: thoughts on the screening


Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen: Indigenous peoples and perspectives of time

Stina Aletta Aikio: Our relationship with nature

Group discussions, coffee and sharing your group’s conclusions

Aaju Peter: Anti-sealing and international regulations’ effects on indigenous lifestyles

A group discussion based on Aaju Peter’s presentation and questions for Ms. Peter

Dialogue between Caroline Monnet and Suvi West: The role of art in regerating and preserving a community

Final words and networking

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Date and location

Thursday 9 March, 12:00–18:00
Finnkino Plevna & Galleria Bertel, Werstas (Itäinenkatu 4 & Väinö Linnan aukio 8, Tampere)

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