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Indigenous Peoples have the Right to Decide

Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is the inherent right Indigenous communities have to decide “yes” or “no” to mining, forestry, oil, gas, water, or other proposed external activities that would affect their lands, territories, and/or natural resources.

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Learning about international and national standards helps communities to defend their lands.

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Backgrounder: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act
Official Statement

2021 - English - Simple

Backgrounder: United Nations Declaration on th…

Government of Canada


This backgrounder produced by the Government of Canada outlines the recent passing of Bill C-15.

Communities in the Driving Seat: A Manual on FPIC
Manual

This excellent plain language manual describes Free Prior and Informed Consent for Indigenous communities and provides 4 steps in the FPIC process: Community mobilization, Negotiation, Decision Making, Project Monitoring. The manual ends with a discussion of ways to get a fair deal between communities and companies.

Towards an Indigenous-Informed Relational Approach to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC)
Scientific Paper

2019 - English - Academic

Towards an Indigenous-Informed Relational Appr…

Courtney Arseneau, Darren Thomas, Peggy Smith et al.


The article, based on several years of dialogue and interviews and a two-day workshop on FPIC, offers insight into Indigenous perspectives on FPIC advancing an Indigenous-informed relational approach to consultation and consent seeking.

Latest News:

UNDRIP Bill Reaches End Of Its Journey
News Article

2021 - English - Simple

UNDRIP Bill Reaches End Of Its Journey

Marisela Amador


This news article discusses the implementation and passing of UNDRIP in Canada

Opinion: Canadian Implementation of the UNDRIP Would Benefit all Treaty People in Atlantic Canada
News Article

2021 - English - Simple

Opinion: Canadian Implementation of the UNDRIP…

Cheryl Knockwood


This news article is an opinion piece outlining the benefits surrounding the implementation of UNDRIP in Canada

Ottawa Announces New Funding to Improve Indigenous Health and Address Racism in the Healthcare System
News Article

2021 - English - Simple

Ottawa Announces New Funding to Improve Indige…

Jacob Cardinal


This news article discusses a new funding plan in Canada that is directed towards supporting Indigenous peoples in the healthcare system