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Indigenous Peoples have the Right to Decide

Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is the inherent right Indigenous communities have to decide “yes” or “no” to mining, forestry, oil, gas, water, or other proposed external activities that would affect their lands, territories, and/or natural resources.

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Learning about international and national standards helps communities to defend their lands.

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Towards Understanding Benefit Sharing between Extractive Industries and Indigenous/Local Communities in the Arctic
Scientific Paper

2020 - English - Practical

Towards Understanding Benefit Sharing between …

Andrey N. Petrov, Maria S. Tysiachniouk, Violette Gassiv


This special issue investigates benefit sharing and compensation mechanisms for Indigenous peoples and local communities in the Arctic regions due to industrial resource extraction. The issue also highlights corporate social responsibility standards and the practice of implementing legislation that supports Indigenous interests.

Towards an Indigenous-Informed Relational Approach to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC)
Scientific Paper

2019 - English - Academic

Towards an Indigenous-Informed Relational Appr…

Courtney Arseneau, Darren Thomas, Peggy Smith et al.


The article, based on several years of dialogue and interviews and a two-day workshop on FPIC, offers insight into Indigenous perspectives on FPIC advancing an Indigenous-informed relational approach to consultation and consent seeking.

Guide to Free Prior and Informed Consent
Manual

2010 - Multilingual - Practical

Guide to Free Prior and Informed Consent

Oxfam Australia, Christina Hill, Michael Simon et al.


This guide is an introduction to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). It provides basic information about the right to FPIC and how this right can help people to have a say about development projects, such as dams, mines and, logging and other large infrastructure projects, which affect them in some way.

Latest News:

The Rise of Indigenous Resource Interests – Pathway to Success
News Article

2021 - English - Simple

The Rise of Indigenous Resource Interests – Pa…

Maureen McCall


This news article discusses the factors influencing decision making by First Nations within the natural resource sector in Canada.

Uncommon Ground: The Impact of Natural Resource Corruption on Indigenous Peoples
News Article

2020 - English - Simple

Uncommon Ground: The Impact of Natural Resourc…

Carter Squires, Landau Kelsey, Robin J. Lewis


This news article discusses contextual factors that can allow for more effective resource governance on Indigenous land in Brazil, Peru, and Canada.

New Community-Driven Project Aims to Support Revitalization of Indigenous Languages for Current and Coming Generations
News Article

2022 - English - Simple

New Community-Driven Project Aims to Support R…

Bev Betkowski


This news article presents a community-based project - Supporting Indigenous Language Revitalization (SILR). This project's goal is to incorporate community and Indigenous led efforts to preserve and strengthen Indigenous languages across Turtle Island.