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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 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.

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.

This report discusses the context of local land grabs and how the principle of FPIC has responded to land grabs more recently. The ‘consent’ component of FPIC is explored in more detail, including where consent is required and desired. The report concludes that the ultimate challenge is a political issue, not technical.

Unpacking UNDRIP: How Trudeau could take Crown/First Nations law into uncharted waters
News Article

This article looks at the relationship between the Trudeau government and the indigenous population of Canada through UNDRIP.

This article takes a critical approach in presenting FPIC as a key principle of governance used to tackle issues to do with extractive industry development on Indigenous land. FPIC is discussed as a way to achieve justice by moving from central to local governments through processes of negotiations and engagement.

UNDRIP: Shifting from Global Aspiration to Local Realization
Essay

The core lesson in the creation of UNDRIP was simple: collective action by Indigenous peoples could force major changes in national and international law. The process of improving conditions for Indigenous peoples has now moved to a different level. The socio-economic and cultural problems of Indigenous have been described globally, really for the first time.

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