The first common conference for Sámi parliamentarians was organised in Jokkmok on 24 February 2005. Representatives of the Sámi parliaments of Norway, Sweden and Finland, as well as representatives of the Russian Sámi, participated in the conference. Before the conference, the parliaments of each country held their own plenary sessions in Jokkmok.The conference was a historic event. It approved the declaration of Jokkmok, according to which a common conference was a historical event in political work concerning the Sámi.The conference reiterated the notion that the Sámi are one people, whose unity should not be broken by national borders. The declaration emphasises, among other things, the self-determination of the Sámi and the work to achieve a Nordic Sámi contract. It was decided in Jokkmok that the common conference for the Sámi parliamentarians should be organised every three years.