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Setting a Standard for Reconciliation in Scandinavia?

The Norwegian Truth and Reconciliation’s Report Introduction 1 June 2023 marked a historic day: the Norwegian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) submitted its report to the Norwegian parliament. It unambiguously declared that “the Norwegian state, through its policy of Norwegianization, committed an injustice against the Sámi, Kven and Forest Finn populations” (p. 128). The state’s assimilation policy continues to have extensive negative consequences on their languages, cultures, and ways of life. Although Norwegianization was a one-way State process, the Commission believes that “the road to reconciliation must be a joint process, in which civil society and local communities contribute, but…