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
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