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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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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 project...

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 i...

Making FPIC - Free, Prior and Informed Consent - Work: Challenges and Prospects for Indigenous People
Report

This report summarizes progress made by indigenous peoples’ and organizations seeking to assess and apply right of indigenous peoples ‘to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent to actions that affect their lands, territories and natural resources’ (referred to as ‘the right to FPIC’). It is informed by field programmes, case stu...

Governance in forestry is beginning to include more actors in decision-making processes. This article explores the role of Aboriginal peoples in governing the Canadian forest sector. In a case study of Essipit Innu First Nation in Quebec (Canada) the Essipit community effectively co-governed forest management decisions with a forestry company at...

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.

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