Ambassador Information
Reindeer Ambassadors / Rennäringens Ambassadörer
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ambassadorThe Reindeer Ambassador programme is a joint project supported by the Swedish Sami Parliament with additional support by the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and the Sami Reindeer Herders Association of Finland.

The program targets young reindeer herders who want to invest in outreach information, and engage in reindeer husbandry policy issues.

The program is open to anyone who wants to have the opportunity to develop leadership, citizenship and have an outgoing personality and are interested in working across borders.
The requirements laid down by the trainee program is high. Participants will develop in the formulation of ideas, public awareness and take on leadership roles in organizations and reindeer - institutions. Trainee Participants must participate in all meetings and be prepared to do homework between meetings.

The trainee program runs for 17 months. The meetings are provisionally bimonthly for a few days and should be located at various locations. Training is tailored to trainee participants and their reindeer herding activities. Participants must be prepared for extensive travel. The program is offered to six people each from Norway and Sweden, and two from Finland.
The Reindeer Ambassadors for 2010 have been chosen and they are

Ellen Blind
Aslak Niillas Eira
Berit Marie Lise Eira
Lájlá Helene Eira
Majjen Eira
Ole Johan Eira
Margret Fjellström
Annele Gaup
Nila Jannok
Tuomas Aslak Juuso
Silja Jonsson
Marja-Kari Omma
Helena Partapouli
Keijo Pirttijärvi
Elen Anne Sara
Marja Lisa Thomasson
Isak Utsi
Sanne-Marja Utsi
Samuel Walkeapää


The Reindeer Ambassadors have their own Blog which you can read here:

Additional information about the trainee program provided by Berit Marie Eira-Jonsson, tel.: +46706019462. You can also contact by e-mail;

The project is funded by the Sami Parliament in Sweden, the Sami Parliament in Norway, Reindriftens Utvikling Fund, the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, UArctic EALAT Institute, Lappi County Administration and INTERREG IVA Subprogramme Sápmi.

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