About CEMiPoS

The Centre for Environmental and Minority Policy Studies (CEMiPoS) was established in December 2016, taking advantage of the 2017 International Conference on Policy towards Indigenous Peoples in Sapporo.

It aims to support and empower ideological and ethnic minorities and Indigenous peoples, who have been suffering from greedy capitalism and inhuman colonialism, in collaboration with international scholars, artists and human rights defenders. Our norm is protecting their human rights and promoting their human security against oppressive authorities through scholarly work: organizing academic conferences, producing art exhibitions and performances, contributing to international journals, and making English subtitles for Hokkaido Television Broadcast documentary films.

Our methodologies include crossing borders, not only between disciplines but also between artists and activists: collecting personal stories of minorities and Indigenous peoples against the established history by rulers/colonizers and connecting research to activism for decolonization.



Hiroshi Maruyama, Honorary Doctor, the Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University in Sweden, and Professor Emeritus, Muroran Institute of Technology in Japan

Lifetime Collaborators

Kamrul Hossain, Director of the Northern Institute of Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland in Finland

Leena Huss, Professor Emerita, Uppsala University in Sweden

Katarzyna “Kasia” Pastuszak, Dancer and Artistic Director, Theatre Amareya in Gdańsk, Poland


Masumi Tanaka
Andrew Schirmer
Miku Maeda
Leni Charbonneau
Mashiyat Zaman

2 Replies to “About CEMiPoS”

  1. Dear Sirs,
    My name is Damien Kunik. I am in charge of the Asian collection at the Museum of Ethnography in Geneva (Switzerland). Could you please let me know how to reach you via email, as we would highly appreciate your expertise in the matter of Ainu environemental rights?
    Best regards,
    Damien Kunik


    1. Hello Damien,
      Thank you for your message! I apologize, I didn’t realize that we haven’t included an email on our website! We would be thrilled to hear more about your work, and help in anyway we can. Please contact the director of CEMiPoS Hiroshi Maruyama at hiroshi.maruyama0401[at]gmail.com. You can also contact our organization at indigenouspolicy2017[at]gmail.com.

      Mashiyat Zaman


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