On October 13-15, 2022, Reykjavik is hosting the Arctic Circle Assembly, one of the most prominent Circumpolar conferences that brings together international organizations, think tanks, universities, and governments.
Maajja-Krihke Bransfell, a Sámi reindeer herder from Røros, Norway, attended the Assembly and took part in the Arctic Innovation Lab, a pitch competition for the Arctic youth organized by Harvard Kennedy School. In her 2-minute speech, Maajja-Krihke addressed the challenges faced by the reindeer herders and came up with a solution to help improve reindeer herding economies: mobile slaughter units for a more sustainable production cycle. Maajja-Krihke’s innovative approach and dedication was highly ranked: out of 14 participating students, she became one of the top three presenters distinguished by Harvard University.
In August 2022, Maajja-Krihke together with other Indigenous and reindeer herding youth took part in the International Leadership Training conducted by the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, UArctic EALAT Institute, and World Reindeer Herders in unique cooperation with Harvard and Tufts University. Next training for empowering reindeer herding and Indigenous youth is scheduled for January, 2023.