Sámi activist stresses role of youth in preserving indigenous cultures

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Tuomas Aslak Juuso, president of the National Finnish Sámi Youths

Indigenous young people from around the world are at the UN this week for the first international expert group meeting to analyze how human rights standards and policies can benefit them.

Among the participants is Tuomas Aslak Juuso, 27, who has been promoting the rights of the Sámi in Finland over the past decade.

Tuomas is president of the National Finnish Sámi Youths and a co-chair of the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus.  He also happens to be the youngest person ever selected to the Sámi parliament.

Dianne Penn spoke to Tuomas about his activism, but first asked him who are the Sámi and what was the significance of the bright blue embroidered shirt that he was wearing.

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