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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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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.

Anatomy of a First Nations treaty
News Article

2016 - English - Moderate

Anatomy of a First Nations treaty

Hayden King


This article describes briefly the history of First Nations-settler treaties and recent developments in treaty negotiations in Canada.

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.

Impact benefit agreements between aboriginal communities and mining companies their use in Canada
Report

The report presents an overview of impact and benefit agreements (IBAs) that are signed between mining companies and First Nation communities in Canada in to establish formal relationships, reduce impact of a mine, and secure economic benefit for affected communities. IBAs are increasingly used by First Nations in Canada to influence decision making about resource exploitation in their lands.

Finding Common Ground: A Critical Review of Land Use and Resource Management Policies in Ontario, Canada and their Intersection with First Nations
Scientific Paper

2015 - English - Technical

Finding Common Ground: A Critical Review of ...

Carolyn King, Fraser McLeod, Graham Whitelaw et al.


This article analyses selective land use and resource management policies in their ability to recognize the rights of First Nations and Aboriginal peoples and past Crown-First Nations relationships. This study completed a document analysis of provincial legal documents on how they address First Nation issues and areas for improvement. Findings show an urgent need for guidance on how provincial authorities improve policy on relations between First Nations and other jurisdictions.

The Right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent: Indigenous People's Participation Rigths within International Law
Scientific Paper

2011 - English - Advanced

The Right to Free, Prior, and Informed Conse...

Tara Ward


This article looks at how FPIC was developed in international law by examining Indigenous peoples’ participation internationally. Two case studies – Lubicon Cree in Northern Alberta, Canada and Mayan communities in Guatemala – are examined to show unique contextual factors related to FPIC and Indigenous peoples’ rights.

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