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Pigga Keskitalo

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Pigga Keskitalo
Pigga Keskitalo.jpg
Born18 August 1972
OccupationPolitician; Academic
Known forMember of Sámi Parliament
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Lapland
ThesisSaamelaisen koulun kulttuurisensitiivisyyttä etsimässä kasvatusantropologian keinoin (2010)
Academic work

Pigga Päivi Kristiina Keskitalo (born 1972, Utsjoki) is a member of the Sámi Parliament of Finland and education researcher at the University of Helsinki, University of Lapland, and the Sámi University.


Keskitalo was born in Utsjoki in 1972. She earned her first degree in education in 1997 from the University of Lapland and worked as a teacher.[1] She graduated with a MA in 2008, from the same university.[1] She undertook doctoral research at the University of Lapland and graduated in 2010 with a PhD which explored Sámi cultural sensitivity through educational anthropology.[2]


Keskitalo researches Sámi education in contemporary and historical settings and has published widely on the subject, including on the history of Sámi education in Norway.[3] Another aspect of her research is how cultural backgrounds influence perceptions of nature in the education system.[4] She is a proponent of the right for Sámi children to be able to learn their languages.[5]

In 2014 she began work at the University of Helsinki.[1] She is project lead at the Institute of Migration, exploring multicultural childhoods in Lapland.[6]


Keskitalo was elected a member of the Sámi Parliament in 2016.[7] She is a deputy member of the Enontekiö Vitality Committee.[8] Keskitalo was re-elected from 2020 until 2023.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Pigga Keskitalo doseantan Helssega universitehttii". 5 June 2014.
  2. ^ "piggal". Samisk Høgskole (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  3. ^ Voet, Paulette van der. ""Historical and political perspectives on Sámi and inclusive school systems in Norway" by Pigga Keskitalo and Torjer Olsen | Indigenous Citizenship and Education". Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  4. ^ Sarivaara, Erika; Keskitalo, Pigga; Ratinen, Ilkka (2020-04-27). "Finnish student teachers' conceptions and experiences of nature". Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. 21 (2): 151–161. doi:10.1080/14729679.2020.1755705. ISSN 1472-9679. S2CID 219000315.
  5. ^ Sarivaara, Erika; Keskitalo, Pigga (2016-02-15). "Mediating Structures in Sámi Language Revitalisation". Social Inclusion. 4 (1): 11–18. doi:10.17645/si.v4i1.359. ISSN 2183-2803.
  6. ^ "Siirtolaisuusinstituutti - Institute of Migration". Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  7. ^ "Saamelaiskäräjien kokous". Samediggi (in Finnish). Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  8. ^ Enontekiö. "Lautakunnat". Enontekiö. Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  9. ^ "Saamelaiskäräjille valittu keskustalainen Pigga Keskitalo peräänkuuluttaa lasten oikeutta oman kielen oppimiseen". (in Finnish). 2019-10-05. Retrieved 2020-08-06.
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