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This website provides information and resources on FPIC as a tool of self-determination to assist communities in decision making. We have selected articles, tool kits, videos, voice messages, and community stories about FPIC and consultation.

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This briefing note provides an overview of FPIC in international law and across industry sections. The note also discusses how to identify customary land through mapping; engaging with representative organizations; pairing participation with informed consent; ensuring consent and resolving conflict. This note can inform consent processes throughout the consultation stages.

Indigenous women and children in remote communities are subject to a “risk pile up”. These populations may face negative consequences from remote construction camps, including increased rates of sexual assault and violence, addictions, sexually transmitted infections, and family violence as a result of the presence of industrial camps and transient work forces. Through a collaborative process that included interviews with community members, Firelight supported research to generate strategies, policies and programs for municipalities, companies, Indigenous communities, and the BC Government to implement for the protection of women, youth and communities.

Understanding and Implementing the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: An Introductory Handbook
Manual

2011 - English - Moderate

Understanding and Implementing the UN Declar...

Brenda L. Gunn


This handbook is intended to assist Indigenous community members and Canadian stakeholders to understand the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and how it can be implemented. An overview of the rights included in UNDRIP and their significance for Indigenous communities is included in the handbook, including a section about FPIC.

This report emerged out of a workshop held by Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) which brought together representatives from extractive industries to discuss the application of FPIC in engagement with Indigenous peoples. The report provides a corporate interpretation of the rights promised under FPIC including its legal requirements, benefits to corporate social responsibility, and potential impediments to business profits.

This report discusses Company-Community Agreements or Impact-Benefit Agreements negotiated between industries and Indigenous communities surrounding a development project. The Impact-Benefit Agreement (IBA) is discussed as a positive negotiation strategy with benefits for both developers (easier negotiations) and communities (financial and social benefits). Barriers to the use and implementation of IBAs are also analyzed, including their negotiation and legal basis.

Aboriginal Self-Determination: Individual Self and Collective Selves
Scientific Paper

2005 - English - Advanced

Aboriginal Self-Determination: Individual Se...

Val Napoleon


In this article, the author suggests that understandings of self-determination among Indigenous communities in Canada would benefit from an understanding of the self as being autonomous. The author argues that the models of collective self-determination among Aboriginal communities, are too abstract for political arguments and encourages an individual model of self-determination for Indigenous peoples that would be easier to implement.

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