The name BEBO means ‘For the Future of Reindeer Husbandry‘ (in North Sámi Language - Boazoealahusa boahtevuoda ovddas). BEBO was founded in Inari, Finland on the 30th of June in 2007, in connection with the ‘Arctic Reindeer Herding Education Seminar’ organized by the Sámi Education Institute.
BEBO is an international joint organization of educational networks in the fields of reindeer husbandry and other traditional livelihoods of Arctic indigenous peoples. It operates as a development forum between educational institutes, enterprises and organizations. The founding organization is the Sámi Education Institute located in the Municipality of Inari, Finland. The BEBO will now function as the basis of the UArctic Thematic Network carrying the same name: BEBO – For the Future of Reindeer Husbandry. The work, the rules and the objectives of BEBO are in line with the UArctic Thematic Network BEBO.
Goals of the thematic network are:
to serve as a collaborative educational network for reindeer husbandry and other indigenous peoples’ traditional livelihoods in the Arctic regions
to preserve and develop indigenous peoples’ languages and cultures
exchange of students and teachers
to organize projects in the field of reindeer husbandry, traditional handicraft, tourism and cultural sensitive nursing
to develop new technologies of teaching of the native language, including distance learning and nomadic schools
to co-operate in the field of the media and cinema of the indigenous peoples
to organize actively various events, seminars, conferences and workshops for indigenous peoples
The main emphasis of the work of the BEBO focuses on enhancing the skills (including traditional skills) and building capacity in form of organizing practically oriented workshops for the target groups. The workshops include participants from different parts of the Arctic and experts from the education field, experts from indigenous livelihoods and languages, researchers and experts of administration.
Reindeer herding and reindeer subsidiary livelihood co-operation
Reindeer plant slaughtering and reindeer meat processing, hygiene legislation and plant self-monitoring plan, reindeer herding entrepreneurship - training
Further processing of reindeer skin using the traditional Sámi method, entrepreneurship in the handicraft business - training
New technologies in reindeer herding, testing and training in use and development of positioning devices
Indigenous Tourism Cooperation
Development of Culture and Nature Based Tourism of the Indigenous Peoples of the North - projects
Conferences and workshops on tourism
Indigenous Language Cooperation
Language Rehabilitation Training and Activities
Indigenous Media Cooperation
Tundra Film Camp - Training
Participation in indigenous film festivals
Indigenous Cultural Cooperation
Participation in indigenous music festivals
Arctic Indigenous skills competition
All of the above activities are permanent in the work of the thematic network.
International Arctic Indigenous Bachelor - Cooperation