"Indigenous peoples are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment. They have retained social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live." Indigenous people at the United Nation
Indigenous peoples are groups of people who have retained a collective culture and a strong connection to specific areas of land throughout history, since before the definition of borders by national states. Indigenous peoples are determined to uphold and restore their cultural systems and relations to their surroundings, at the same time as they maintain the right of the people and culture to change and evolve with time and in varying contexts. However, it is worthy to note that the term "Indigenous peoples" is difficult to fully define, because of the diversity and range of the peoples included in it. The UN declaration on indigenous rights (UNDRIP) does not include a definition of indigenous peoples: "self-identification as indigenous is considered a fundamental criterion. The Declaration refers to their right to determine their own identity or membership in accordance with their customs and traditions." (Indigenous peoples, UN)
The Sami people are the only group of people in Sweden with indigenous status.