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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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The Need for Transformative Changes in the Use of Indigenous Knowledge Along with Science for Environmental Decision-Making in the Arctic
Scientific Paper

2020 - English - Practical

The Need for Transformative Changes in the U...

Amy Amos, Bjarne Lyberth, Carolina Behe et al.


This article examines the relationship between science and Indigenous knowledge in the context of environmental decision-making in the Arctic.

A Review of Indigenous Knowledge and Participation in Environmental Monitoring
Scientific Paper

This paper provides a critical review of how Indigenous peoples have been engaged in environmental monitoring processes. This paper also addresses how Indigenous peoples' participation influences monitoring outcomes, and how Indigenous knowledge and scientific knowledge is used in practice.

Understanding Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) in the Context of Mining in Canada
Scientific Paper

2020 - English - Practical

Understanding Free, Prior, and Informed Cons...

A.J Sinclair, S. Sadiq


Based on a series of interviews with relevant actors, this paper aims to determine the meaning given to FPIC and how it is implemented in decision making relating to the mining sector in Canada.

First Nations' Consent Key to COVID-19 Vaccination
News Article

2021 - English - Simple

First Nations' Consent Key to COVID-19 Vacci...

John Chidley-Hill


This article investigates the challenges surrounding the delivery, acceptability, and the role of Indigenous consent in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine to remote Indigenous communities in Canada.

Shifting the Focus: Viewing Indigenous Consent Not as a Snapshot But As a Feature Film
Scientific Paper

2020 - English - Practical

Shifting the Focus: Viewing Indigenous Conse...

Michael Coyle


This paper critiques current Canadian consultation processes and proposes changes to improve their effectiveness with respect to Indigenous values and legal orders, in order to strengthen the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canadian governments.

The Transformative Potential of Indigenous-Driven Approaches to Implementing Free, Prior and Informed Consent: Lessons from Two Canadian Cases
Scientific Paper

2020 - English - Practical

The Transformative Potential of Indigenous-D...

Martin Papillon, Thierry Rodon


This paper addresses two case studies, a mining policy identified in the Cree Nation of James Bay and a community-driven impact assessment process identified by the Squamish Nation. The paper aims to articulate Indigenous-driven mechanisms and how these can transform how FPIC is implemented in practice.

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