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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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Between Consent and Accomodation: What is the Government Duty to Accomodate First Nations Concerns with Resource Development Projects?
Policy Brief

2011 - English - Academic

Between Consent and Accomodation: What is th...

George Hoberg, Stephanie Taylor


This policy brief examines how the relationship between Canadian governments and Indigenous peoples is negotiated when disagreements arise regarding proposed development projects. While Indigenous peoples are entitled the right to Free, Prior, Informed Consent (FPIC), there is no clear understanding within Canadian law of when this consultation ...

This document is a description of a series of workshops conducted in Bogota, Colombia, to engage in discussion about Free, Prior, Informed Consent (FPIC) among Afro and Indigenous communities. The document includes a summary of the discussion in each of the workshops, and is intended to provide frameworks for using FPIC from these communities' p...

Caught in the Cross Fire: Indigenous Peoples, Black Communities, and Extractives in Colombia
Policy Brief

This policy brief, describes the results of a participatory action research project conducted to explore the violence experienced by ethnic populations in Colombia as a result of mining practices. They found that despite a legislative framework, the government was unable to protect human rights on the ground, as a result of a lack of accountabil...

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 Canad...

Indigenous Peoples' Participatory Rights in Relation to Decisions about Natural Resource Extraction: The More Fundamental Issue About what Rights Indigenous Peoples have in Lands and Resources
Scientific Paper

2005 - English - Technical

Indigenous Peoples' Participatory Rights in ...

James Anaya


This article by James Anaya, who was later selected as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People, discusses Indigenous peoples right to consultation in resource development, as of 2005. The international rights afforded Indigenous people under the ILO ‘duty to consult’ are discussed, along with the ambiguity and uncertainty wi...

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

2010 - English - Technical

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 Canad...

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