Working Group of Indigenous Peoples

Summit of Barents Euro-Arctic Indigenous Sámi People, taking place in the European Parliament, Brussels, on 22–24 March 2023.
Photo: Rune Fjellheim

The cooperation between the indigenous peoples within the Barents Regional Council was initiated already in 1993. The Working Group of Indigenous Peoples (WGIP) was established on a permanent basis by the Regional Council in 1995.

The overall goal for the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples (WGIP) in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region is to secure indigenous peoples’ rights, foundation for trade, society, culture and language through the implementation of the Action Plan of Indigenous Peoples of the BEAR.





International Barents Secretariat