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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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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 emerged out of a workshop held by Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) which brought together representatives from extractive industries to discuss the application of FPIC in engagement with Indigenous peoples. The report provides a corporate interpretation of the rights promised under FPIC including its legal requirements, benefits to corporate social responsibility, and potential impediments to business profits.

Aboriginal Self-Determination: Individual Self and Collective Selves
Scientific Paper

2005 - English - Advanced

Aboriginal Self-Determination: Individual Se...

Val Napoleon


In this article, the author suggests that understandings of self-determination among Indigenous communities in Canada would benefit from an understanding of the self as being autonomous. The author argues that the models of collective self-determination among Aboriginal communities, are too abstract for political arguments and encourages an individual model of self-determination for Indigenous peoples that would be easier to implement.

Operationalizing Free, Prior, and Informed Consent in the Extractive Industry Sector? Examining the Challenges of a Negotiated Model of Justice
Scientific Paper

This article explores the development of the principle of FPIC and the challenges that it presents to conventional forms of governance. FPIC is examined as a form of negotiated justice that aims to produce regulatory decisions through horizontal and decentralized forms of engagement.

Between Consent and Accomodation: What is the Government Duty to Accomodate First Nations Concerns with Resource Development Projects?
Policy Brief

2011 - English - Technical

Between Consent and Accomodation: What is th...

George Hoberg, Stephanie Taylor


This policy brief examines how the relationship between Canadian governments and Indigenous peoples is negotiated when disagreements arise regarding proposed development projects. While Indigenous peoples are entitled the right to Free, Prior, Informed Consent (FPIC), there is no clear understanding within Canadian law of when this consultation and accommodation have been appropriate. The Taku Supreme Court decision is explored as an example where Indigenous opposition to a project did not stop further development.

This document is a description of a series of workshops conducted in Bogota, Colombia, to engage in discussion about Free, Prior, Informed Consent (FPIC) among Afro and Indigenous communities. The document includes a summary of the discussion in each of the workshops, and is intended to provide frameworks for using FPIC from these communities' perspectives.

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