When asked ‘where are you from’, her answer is Sápmi.
I don’t think about borders; Norway, Finland, Sweden, they’re constructed by the society. The livelihood of the Sápmi and the reindeer herders is nomadic, depending on the seasons for example.
Inga grew up near Narvik on a fjord called Lavangen and studied in Norway, Uganda and Vietnam focusing mainly on land- and human rights. She was recently elected as the second candidate for the Sami People’s Party from the constituency of South Norway. It was the first time that her small, quite radical left wing party gained such popularity.
Us Sami girls have been brought up to be strong, more so than the boys. Our parent’s generation doesn’t feel the urge to speak up, so I think it is time for the young ones to step up.
This winter, both Inga and the Sami House are on the move. Inga is moving out of her flat near Karl Johans gate and the Sami House is moving into its new headquarters at the opposite end of the street on Dronningens gate. Inga works at the cultural and linguistic gathering center for the Sami indigenous people part time as a youth coordinator, shaman book launch reading facilitator, concert assistant, etc. where ever she is needed.
She will finish her MA theses in global studies at the University of Gothenburg this autumn, focusing on indigenous issues.