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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 briefing note provides an overview of FPIC in international law and across industry sections. The note also discusses how to identify customary land through mapping; engaging with representative organizations; pairing participation with informed consent; ensuring consent and resolving conflict. This note can inform consent processes throughout the consultation stages.

Understanding and Implementing the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: An Introductory Handbook
Manual

2011 - English - Moderate

Understanding and Implementing the UN Declar...

Brenda L. Gunn


This handbook is intended to assist Indigenous community members and Canadian stakeholders to understand the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and how it can be implemented. An overview of the rights included in UNDRIP and their significance for Indigenous communities is included in the handbook, including a section about FPIC.

This report discusses Company-Community Agreements or Impact-Benefit Agreements negotiated between industries and Indigenous communities surrounding a development project. The Impact-Benefit Agreement (IBA) is discussed as a positive negotiation strategy with benefits for both developers (easier negotiations) and communities (financial and social benefits). Barriers to the use and implementation of IBAs are also analyzed, including their negotiation and legal basis.

Contesting the Limits of Consultation in the Amazon Region: On Indigenous Peoples' Demands for Free, Prior and Informed Consent in Bolivia and Peru
Scientific Paper

2013 - English - Moderate

Contesting the Limits of Consultation in the...

Deborah Delgado-Pugley


This article examines the effectiveness of UNDRIP in relation to two case studies in Bolivia and Peru in regards to regulations, policies, and environmental conditions.

Initiative on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent - Concept Paper
Report

2010 - English - Moderate

Initiative on Free, Prior, and Informed Cons...

The Forest Dialogue


‘Free, Prior and Informed Consent’ (FPIC) has emerged as a key principle in international law, related to indigenous peoples and is considered necessary in sectors like dam building, extractive industries, forestry, plantations, conservation, bio-prospecting and environmental impact assessment. While the right itself is clearly affirmed, the practicalities for non-State parties to adhere to it are less clear, and so initiatives to ensure FPIC are considered.

Rejection of New Prosperity Project Provides Clarity to Industry: Lake Destroying Projects and Projects Without Indigenous Consent Need Not Apply
News Article

2014 - English - Moderate

Rejection of New Prosperity Project Provides...

MiningWatch


MiningWatch Canada is glad to share the announcement by Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq that the federal government will not approve Taseko Mines’ New Prosperity gold-copper project. The project, located in south-central British Columbia, was a modification of a previously rejected application. The decision was made after the company’s second proposal failed to address “significant adverse effects”.

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