Arctic land indigenous labour history – Lessons from Canada

Panel | 8 June 2021 kl 18-20

Welcome to a panel on Arctic land indigenous labour history organized by the Nordic Labour History Network!

Until today only Norway and Denmark are among the 23 countries which have ratified the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention No 169 of the International Labour Organisation. While appearing as models for labour relations worldwide, little interest has been paid to working and living conditions of indigenous people in the Nordic countries by scholars. This panel is the first in a series of online events to initiate and promote discussions about Arctic and indigenous labour history.

Two Canadian colleagues, Sarah A Nickel and Joan Sangster, will share their experience of writing indigenous labour history. Following their discussion, historians from the Nordic countries representing Sápmi, Greenland and Iceland are will comment on these experiences; what we can learn from them and what needs to be done in Nordic labour history   

Chair: Helle Stenum


Sarah A Nickel is Tk’emlupsemc (Kamloops Secwepemc), French Canadian and Ukrainian. She grew up in the unceded lands of northern Secwepemcul’ecw and the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She is associate professor at the University of Alberta and the author of Assembling Unity. Indigenous politics, gender and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, UBC Press (2019).

Joan Sangster is professor emerita of Gender and Women’s Studies at Trent University and editor of the Canadian labour history journal Labour/LeTravail. She has published widely on feminist labour history and is the author of The Iconic North. Cultural Constructions of Aboriginal Life in Postwar Canada, UBC Press (2016).

Åsa Nordin Jonsson, is an independent scholar with a PhD in history. She is the author of Relationer i ett samiskt samhälle: en studie av skötesrensystemet i Gällivare socken under första hälften av 1900-talet, Umeå University (2002).

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The seminar is free of charge but requires registration by filling in the web form below. You will receive a zoom-link by e-mail a couple of days befor the seminar.