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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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Indigenous Peoples Right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent: Reflections on Concepts and Practice
Scientific Paper

This paper explores the rights of Indigenous people in International law, through the frameworks of Free, Prior, Informed Consent (FPIC), and the World Commission on Dams (WCD). Reasons why FPIC is not always upheld in practice are explored through a series of case studies, and policy suggestions from the WCD are that prioritize the recognition of rights and assessment of risks are proposed to combat these problems.

Workshop on the Impacts of Mining and other extractive projects on Ethnic Territories
Manual

This workshop analyzes the impacts of mining and extractive projects on Colombian ethnic territories from a social, environmental, and spiritual perspectives. The workshop aimed to foster discussion and debate about the importance of impact assessment as a tool for informed decision making, in the application of Free, Prior, Informed Consent.

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.

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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