Sámi/Sápmi || This spring, Ranu and I made this Sámi flatbread called gáhkku. The Sámis, as you might know, are the indigenous people of Sápmi - which covers the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Murmansk region in Russia.
Historically, the Sámis were denied not only their rights, but also human dignity. As the story with many forms of racism and making of the "other", the Sámis were described as erratic and unsafe in Sweden. Thus, the colonisation of Sápmi began and can be argued to have continued ever since.
Sweden has (especially after WWII) made itself out to be a defender of human rights - but also as a country without a significant colonial past. This, despite the history with the Sámis, which is still present today regarding their land. The extraction of natural resources in Sápmi has lead to conflict between the Sámis, the companies involved, as well as the states - which have a responsibility to protect the rights of indigenous groups.
Last year, the news came that the Swedish government is initiating a truth commission to investigate and document the violations committed by the Swedish state against the Sámis. As mentioned by Amnesty Sweden, such an initiative is crucial, and it is of importance that the Swedish state acknowledges their wrongdoings and faces their actions in both the past and present.
References: Forum för levande historia ; McEachrane, Michael. Universal HUman Rights and the Coloniality of Race in Sweden. Human Rights Rev, 2018 ; Sametinget ; Sameradion & SVT Sápmi. "Amnesty välkomnar regeringens besked att etablera en samisk sanningskommission. 2019-08-19.