2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo
Across Dividing Lines
Indigenous peoples' rights within the context of social justice and environmental protection
The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo, “Across Dividing Lines”, addressed indigenous rights within the context of social justice and environmental protection. The delegates convened at the University of Oslo Aula on 11 December, 2017.
News alert: On 22 February, 2018, the “Nayzul Declaration,” an outcome of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and follow-up dialogue in Oslo on December 12, was signed by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Rigoberta Menchú-Tum, Grand Chief Edward John, Hereditary Chief of Tl'azt'en Nation and member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Aili Keskitalo, President of the Sami Parliament and Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Keeper of the Sacred Bundle and Spiritual Leader of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota people.
The 2017 Forum aimed to provide a platform for dialogue and experience share for representatives of the Standing Rock conflict in the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, US, and the Nussir copper mine conflict in the municipality of Kvalsund, Norway.
Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo 2017 - Across Dividing Lines
2017 marked the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as well as the 25th anniversary of Dr. Menchú Tum receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with indigenous peoples’ rights. What better opportunity, then, for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo to invite Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum to talk about the state of affairs concerning indigenous peoples in the world?
Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum
The 1992 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Grand Chief Edward John - Expert Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues & Hereditary Chief of Tl'azt'en Nation
HolyElk Lafferty - 4th generation Lakota Activist
Stephanie Hope Smith - Sacred-Cultural Site Conciliator
Aili Keskitalo - President of the Sami Parliament
Elisabeth Gammelsæter - Secretary General of the Norwegian Mineral Industry
Øyvind Ravna - Professor of Law, University of Tromsø
Fred de Sam Lazaro - Correspondent, PBS NewsHour & Director, Undertold Stories Project, University of St. Thomas
Photos from Standing Rock and Kvalsund:
The Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo 2017 is organized by the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Nobel Peace Prize – Research and Information AS in partnership with the University of Oslo. The Forum was made possible by generous contribution from New Generation Power and Peace Through Commerce.