New adviser at the IBS to support BRYC and WGIP
Maret Inga Smuk started at the Secretariat in Kirkenes to work with youth and indigenous issues.
Photo: Ksenia Novikova
Máret Ingá Smuk is from Varanger in Eastern Finnmark, grew up in a reindeer herder family where Sami culture and language is a core value.
Máret has previously been working as a journalist with the Norwegian broadcasting company NRK and comes from the position as a language adviser with the Isak Saba Center in Varangerbotn, Finnmark. Her position is financially supported by the government of Norway, following up their High North White Paper that was launched last year.
"Since I am a young indigenous myself, I have a deep understanding of youth and indigenous issues. Understanding different cultures and languages is very important in the work with the indigenous peoples. I look very much forward to supporting the Norwegian and Västerbotten leadership in their preparation for the up-coming Youth Summit that will take place in conjunction with the Foreign Ministers meeting in Tromsoe 26 October."
"I am also very excited to work with the incoming leaderships of Finland and Nenets, in supporting their active work on youth and indigenous peoples. I look forward to supporting the implementation of the Barents Regional Youth Program 2021-2024 and the Recommendations from the III Barents Indigenous Peoples Summit held in June."