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Arctic Indigenous Languages Symposium: Gunn-Britt Retter


20 November 2008


Gunn-Britt Retter speaks at the Arctic Indigenous Languages Symposium in Tromso, Norway on October 20th, 2008. Gunn-Britt Retter is a Saami from the Varanger area on the coast of Northeast Norway. She is a teacher by training and holds a Master of Arts in Bilingual Studies from the University of Wales. Since 2001 she has been working with Arctic and environmental issues, first through the Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat in Copenhagen, Denmark, and since 2005 for the Saami Council as head of the Arctic and Environmental Working Group (SDWG). She has recently also been involved in work related to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and is co-chair to the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB), the indigenous forum working with CBD. Retter is a member of the Saami Parliament in Norway. Gunn-Britt moved back to her community in 2005 where she enjoys living closer to nature, the local culture and speakers of her native language.

Year of Production: 2008

Country: Canada

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14m 23s


Circumpolar, conference, Inuit


Tromsø, Norway

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