Jokkmokk 2017

The 6th World Reindeer Herders Congress took place in the Sámi village of Jokkmokk in northern Sweden between August 16-20, 2017. 

This important international event was hosted by Sáminuorra, Renägarförbundet, Svenska Samernas Riksförbund and Jokkmokk Municipality, together with Association of World Reindeer Herders. The Congress generally contained 3 parts: An official part, with the formulation of declarations, reports and elections; A professional part, focusing on important issues for sustainable reindeer husbandry; and a cultural part, with display of the unique cultural heritage and expressions of reindeer herding peoples. The 6th Congress included a focus on human health issues, biodiversity and protected areas, industrial development and food culture.

Since 1990, world reindeer herding peoples have built their own transboundary people-to-people collaboration, and created their own worldwide CSO/ NGO in 1997. Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) has been a Regular Observer to the Arctic Council since 2000, and has had UN EcoSoc Consultative Status since 2010. In 2005 one has also established International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR), a professional institution for world reindeer herders and a member of University of the Arctic. ICR has the responsibility to coordinate the professional parts of the Congress.