Update september 2020: Beowulf were prepared to continue their prospection earlier in august this year, but cancelled (due to the consequences of covid-19 some claim). The only time that is safe now is that they can’t work november – april without permission from the sami village. But in the work plan it also says that they mainly will “prioritize that the work will be done during the time span may – november”. Regardless of when they come they are obliged to inform the sami village at least 10 days in advance. The company’s Environmental Impact Assessment have been rejected by the county administrative board more then once and it is now up to the government to decide if Beowulf will get their exploitation concession or not.
The Gállok Rebellion by kolonierna:
The Gállok Rebellion is the story about what happened in the struggle for a mine-free Sápmi the summer 2013, told by us (the resisters). Several blockades were built to halt Jokkmokk Iron Mines (owned by Beowulf Mining Plc.) from testmining iron ore in Jokkmokk, Sápmi. Watch the movie to see what happened!
People & Power – Under Northern Lights, Al Jazeera documentary by Glenn Ellis, made during the struggle 2013 against mines in Sápmi:
A new mining district in Jokkmokk does not only mean harming the local nature, the environment and the people in the area, it is one insane project among thousands. In the “west” we live on behalf of others and if we destroy the possibility for raindeer herding, fishing and other means of sustenance here, we are forced to colonize other countries and steal food and water there. Just because we stop a mine in Sápmi/Sweden doesn’t that mean another one is started in a “developing country”, but we have to get food somehow.
We fight all kinds of kolonialism and destruction of food- and watersupply. It is not sustainable to buy bottled water in a store imported and packaged in comparison to just pump up the clean water that is still available in Sápmi, Sweden, Norway, Finland. Most people understand that you do not shit in the water you drink, but we also want to stop those that does not understand this.
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Here is some in some cases outdated info about Kamp Gállok:
Car/Hitchhiking: Go by road 45 north from Jokkmokk, turn towards Kvikkjokk after some kilometers, go a while, turn left towards Björkholmen, follow the signs towards Kallak Gállok. If you hitchhike we can come get you nearby or in Jokkmokk. It seems rather easy to hitchhike here.
If you travel by bus you can take bus 94 towards Kvikkjokk and get off in Randijaur from there it is 10 km to Gállok. Walk towards Björkholmen.
Coordinates to the camp: Lat: 66° 47,68792 Long: 19° 08,09345
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org we check the email frequently.
The money is for food, fines, mischief and much more! Thank you for your support!
There are many reasons to resist against an iron mine in Gállok.
- Solidarity with a people that have, for centuries, been oppressed and colonized by the state. Law and regulations have for a long long time been bad for people living close to nature.
- Defend the landscape, the animals, beings and the future! Gállok is a very beautiful place, with cloudberries, blueberries, reindeer and the small lake Gállokjávrre which is full of fish and so clean we drink the water from it. It’s surrounded by swamps and an old-growth forest with many of the species extinct in other places.
- There is local resistance to the mine in Gállok, which is good so the resistance can be durable.
- Exploitation of the country side. Civilization and economies have clearcut forests, built dams in the rivers and when nothing is left to live from the mining industry comes like “saviors”. They offer work opportunities that only lasts a couple of years and sacrifices the last sustainable livelihoods before they leave an even more devastated landscape behind. + mines always releases toxins in the water and air.
- The Mining industry creates conflicts in the local communities. People that used to be friends get divided by differing opinions about the mines.
- A mine in Gállok does not only afflict the closeby area but also risks Luleå river. There is a risk for damfailure and that the water quality decreases. A big wastewater dam is planned in the forest and in the lake GállokJávvre, where poisonous waste water would be stored for eternity. That no waste water would ever leak is only a dream.