reindeerBiological Diversity in a Circumpolar Indigenous Perspective

Starting April 11th, 2016 in Kautokeino, Norway, this is a course organized by the Sámi University College and the UArctic EALÁT Institute in cooperation with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. The course includes a two-week session in Kautokeino, and independent project-work to document traditional knowledge.


Who Should Apply & Why?

The course is aimed at training young reindeer herders and indigenous youth in documenting traditional knowledge related to biodiversity change. This is an introductory-level course to indigenous peoples traditional knowledge and its use for the conservation of biological diversity. The focus is on building a bridge between analytical and empirical approaches to traditional knowledge. The course will, on the one hand, provide an introduction to academic debates on how traditional knowledge contributes to sustaining indigenous peoples societies and the role of traditional knowledge in the conservation of biological diversity. On the other hand it will provide students with practical experience in using methods to document traditional knowledge on biological diversity in a systematic and ethical manner.

Application Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements for higher education entrance qualification in Norway (in Norwegian: generell studiekompetanse), and have good command of one of the teaching languages (North Sámi, English or Russian). Priority will be given to applicants who command an indigenous language (North Sámi or any other) and/or are currently enrolled in a study program leading to a degree, in Norway or abroad.

The application deadline is March 23 and complete applications must be sent via e-mail to Successful candidates will be informed at the end of March.  For more information please contact

Ellen Inga Turi +47 40746996

Alena Gerasimova +7 9244691689

Applications should include:

  • Application form
  • Copies of transcripts from Secondary Schooling or University
  • If you are over 25 years old and have not completed secondary schooling (high school diploma), you may be eligible to apply thanks to your informal competence. Please provide a CV listing your relevant work experience, or practical life experience (including e.g. reindeer herding), and/or any courses you have attended

Download application form here –  Application Form: Biological-Diversity-in-a-Circumpolar-Indigenous-Perspective

Download Course Description

Sámi University College:

UArctic EALÁT Institute:

International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry:

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