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Health consequences of a mining project in Sápmi

Time Wednesday 25 November, 2020 at 12:00 - 13:00
Place Online: ZOOM

Lunch webinar (in Swedish) where Hanna Blåhed and Miguel San Sebastián present their recently published report describing a health impact assessment due to the potential mining establishment in Gállok/ allak, Swedish Sápmi.

Since 2006, a British mining company hold a test drilling permit in Gállok/Kallak - a narrow strip of land located about 40 km outside Jokkmokk. Gállok/Kallak constitute the Sami village Jåhkågasska tjielldes year around. A mine would split the Sami village's land in half and deprive the reindeer of their grazing land and destroy their natural migration route. Potentially, many reindeer husbandry companies would have to cease due to increased costs. In addition to an economic setback, a mine would affect how reindeer husbandry is traditionally conducted.

The focus of this study was to investigate health effects due to the potential mine. A systematic five-step model was used to assess the effects, a so-called health impact assessment. Stress, anxiety and worry were recurring themes, as well as the fear of losing a traditional job.

The study was conducted by the Department of Epidemiology and Global Health in collaboration with SSR (Swedish National Sami Association).

On Wednesday 25 November at 12-13, Hanna Blåhed and Miguel San Sebastián will present the report in swedish and there is an opportunity to ask questions.

More information on the swedish side of this webpage.

Event type: Seminar