Greenlanders living hundreds of kilometres from residence will certainly quickly have the ability to listen to news as well as essential neighborhood details in their very own language.
In December, Danish political celebrations consented to a brand-new spending plan that will certainly see DKK7 million (roughly EUR940,000) alloted to create a brand-new radio terminal to provide material in Greenlandic, intending to get to the hundreds of Greenlanders staying in Denmark.
Previously they had actually just had the ability to accessibility television as well as radio programs originating from Greenland, as well as advocates claim the brand-new neighborhood information solution will certainly offer a much-needed civil service for the area.
Nevertheless, the precise type the job will certainly take is still to be made a decision by the Ministry of Society early in 2022.
” It can be a program, it could be a podcast or something comparable, however its objective needs to be to reinforce the voices of the Greenlandic minority in Denmark,” states Aki-Matilda Høegh Damm, a Greenlandic political leader in the Danish parliament that has actually led the campaign.
That are the Greenlanders in Denmark?
The globe’s biggest island, Greenland– Kalaallit Nunaat– is a semi-autonomous area, where the city government in Nuuk has actually taken enhanced duty for a wide series of concerns, consisting of policing, medical care, education and learning as well as the judicial system.
Previous early american power Denmark is still accountable of financial plan, international events, as well as protection, as well as gives a yearly aid worth billions of Danish Kroner.
” There are around 17,000 Greenlanders in Denmark as well as the number has actually increased from 12,000 simply a years earlier, so there has actually been a big boost,” discusses Jens Heinrich from the Greenland Consular Office in Copenhagen.
” It’s an extremely combined team. There are some retired individuals that relocate to Denmark, as well as fairly a great deal of Greenlandic trainees right here also,” he states.
” Or individuals that currently obtained their levels as well as are operating in Denmark, possibly wanting to return residence one day.”
An essential brand-new area source
Camilla Siezing relocated from Nuuk to Denmark with her household 7 years earlier, as well as states the four-hour time distinction suggests that enjoying or paying attention to on the internet news from Greenland’s public broadcaster, also in her very own language, is “not constantly that appropriate.”
Throughout the pandemic, there’s been an included incentive to have precise neighborhood details in Greenlandic.
” There’s a great deal of Greenlanders in Denmark that are not proficient in Danish, so if there are brand-new COVID-19 constraints or brand-new points that are neighborhood in Denmark, they could not comprehend the information. If they are discussed in Greenlandic that would certainly be excellent,” states Camilla, that is the Head Of State of Fællesforeningen Inuit, an umbrella team for Greenlandic organisations in Denmark.
There’s likewise been an absence of details amongst the Greenlandic area in Denmark regarding itself, which can be treated with a brand-new solution: whether it’s a radio program or a podcast, online or program using conventional radio signals.
” Now, it’s everything about that recognizes that, as well as that remains in what Facebook team etc. However we can get to even more individuals if everyone pays attention to the brand-new network,” states Siezing.
Although the brand-new solution would certainly be moneyed with cash from the Danish federal government, it would certainly be editorially independent, like Denmark’s civil service broadcaster ‘DR’.
” I’m fairly delighted regarding it as well as I’m delighted to listen to even more regarding what material there will certainly be, as well as I comprehend there’s a great deal of individuals expecting this brand-new radio,” Siezing includes.
Unfavorable stereotypes regarding Greenlanders in Danish culture
In spite of becoming part of the Kingdom of Denmark for greater than 200 years, area participants claim there’s usually an illiteracy amongst Danes regarding Greenlanders as well as their lifestyle.
It was just at the end of 2020 when the Danish Federal government used an main apology for a 1950s social experiment, which saw practically 2 loads youngsters extracted from their family members in Greenland to be’re- enlightened’ as Danes.
Lots of harmful stereotypes regarding Greenlanders continue Denmark, a heritage of socio-economic variation as well as traditionally high joblessness degrees, as well as a straight outcome of the Greenlanders that are ‘seen’ or ‘hidden’ in Danish culture.
” There’s 5-10% of Greenlanders right here with social concerns, possibly consuming alcohol excessive or being homeless which’s fairly noticeable to Danes,” states Jens Heinrich from the Greenland Consular Office in Copenhagen.
” If you succeed, if you have a level, you are not seen. However if you are resting on a bench as well as alcohol consumption you are seen, which’s the understanding in Denmark,” he includes.
Camilla Siezing states that when trainees from Greenland show up in Denmark, there are usually presumptions made regarding what their lives resemble, whether their moms and dads are problem drinkers, or if they have various other social troubles.
” However it’s not such as that for a lot of the trainees, due to the fact that the ones that most likely to Denmark to examine are the ones succeeding. They obtain a great deal of differentiating inquiries, I would certainly claim it’s even more lack of knowledge. They’re not shown regarding Greenland in institution,” she discusses.
” There’s a great deal of individuals that believe we still reside in igloos, or ask ‘do you ride polar bears?'”