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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 document includes speaking notes on the topic of FPIC at the Prospector and Developer’s Association of Canada annual conference. The speaker defines FPIC, clarifies prevailing misconceptions about FPIC, and discusses how FPIC can be implemented in the extractive sector. The speaker discusses FPIC in the Canadian context and argues for Canadian development companies to incorporate FPIC into their practices.

This article explores “landscape approaches” to the use of lands, which have emerged in response to the trade-off between the environment and resource development. Different types of landscape approaches to environmental conservation are discussed and ten principles of the approaches are identified. These principles emphasize adaptive management, stakeholder involvement, and multiple objectives.

Participation with a punch: Community referenda on dam projects and the right to free, prior, and informed consent to development
Scientific Paper

Acknowledging the cultural, social, and environmental impacts of resource developments such as hydro-electric dams, the rights of Indigenous people to Free, Prior, Informed Consent (FPIC), are necessary to protect their lands. The article introduces the community referenda, as a consultation strategy used in areas impacted by development projects, and provides a democratic process based on voting to indicate the communities’ consent or refusal of a proposed development project. Community referenda provide a potential solution to industry non-compliance with FPIC.

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Canadian Government Positions Incompatible with Genuine Reconciliation
Scientific Paper

2010 - English - Advanced

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous P...

Paul Joffe


This article highlights the significance of UNDRIP in achieving reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada. A central conclusion of this article is that the positions and practices of the Canadian government are incompatible with constitutional and international obligations. Related to FPIC, the authors suggest that the government of Canada has not substantively addressed this criterion of “consent” in its guidelines for consultation and accommodation.

Making the Declaration Work: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
eBook

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), adopted by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2007, was developed in partnership with Indigenous peoples and is the most comprehensive international instrument dealing with their rights. This book tells the story of how UNDRIP was developed and adopted by UNGA, including its history, content, and significance.

This report is a special segment to the final report “Below the Surface: Anishinabek Mining Strategy”. The purpose of this segment is to include Serpent River First Nation’s community responses into the “Modernization of Ontario’s Mining Act.” It is particularly important that this segment be shared with the Anishinabek Leadership, Communities, and the Ontario Government, as there are many concerns and issues that Serpent River First Nation had to disclose and bring forward, particularly uranium mining and exploration. Serpent River First Nation had an evening engagement session that was held in the community on the evening December 3, 2008.

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