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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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Human rights, Indigenous peoples and the concept of Free, Prior and Informed Consent
Scientific Paper

The article explores the rights of Indigenous peoples to participate in decision-making about resource development projects as a key part of their self-determination. The article discusses the role and responsibility of corporations in ensuring that Indigenous peoples’ right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) as included under the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigneous Peoples (UNDRIP). The authors suggest that corporations should practice FPIC even when it is not legally legislated.

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.

The Community Referendum: Participatory Democracy and the Right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent to Development
Scientific Paper

2009 - English - Advanced

The Community Referendum: Participatory Demo...

Brant McGee


This article discusses the Community Referenda as a consultation strategy to achieve FPIC, in which each community member votes on a potential development project. The development and purpose of FPIC in International law is discussed in the context of mining projects in Latin America that have resulted in conflict. Community Referenda are seen as a democratic form of consultation in which the perspectives of stakeholders can be taken into account.

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.

The intersection of corporate social responsibility guidelines and indigenous rights: Examining neoliberal governance of a proposed mining project in Suriname
Scientific Paper

This article discusses corporate social responsibility regarding issues of accountability and differing understandings of CSR. The article then explains how background context surrounding different players can create a power dynamic that shapes how CSR documents are understood.

Brazil's Sao Luiz do Tapajos Dam: The art of cosmetic environmental impact assessments
Scientific Paper

This article describes the limitations of state conducted Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) in the context of hydroelectric dams. The social and cultural impacts are not considered by Brazilian governments who frequently address consultation as a formality. The article advocates for greater consideration of EIA’s in decision-making processes.

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