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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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Indigenous Peoples' Participatory Rights in Relation to Decisions about Natural Resource Extraction: The More Fundamental Issue About what Rights Indigenous Peoples have in Lands and Resources
Scientific Paper

2005 - English - Technical

Indigenous Peoples' Participatory Rights in ...

James Anaya


This article by James Anaya, who was later selected as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People, discusses Indigenous peoples right to consultation in resource development, as of 2005. The international rights afforded Indigenous people under the ILO ‘duty to consult’ are discussed, along with the ambiguity and uncertainty wi...

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Canadian Government Positions Incompatible with Genuine Reconciliation
Scientific Paper

2010 - English - Technical

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous P...

Paul Joffe


This article highlights the significance of UNDRIP in achieving reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada. A central conclusion of this article is that the positions and practices of the Canadian government are incompatible with constitutional and international obligations. Related to FPIC, the authors suggest that the government of Canad...

Making the Declaration Work: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
eBook

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), adopted by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2007, was developed in partnership with Indigenous peoples and is the most comprehensive international instrument dealing with their rights. This book tells the story of how UNDRIP was developed and adopted by UNGA, including i...

This report is a special segment to the final report “Below the Surface: Anishinabek Mining Strategy”. The purpose of this segment is to include Serpent River First Nation’s community responses into the “Modernization of Ontario’s Mining Act.” It is particularly important that this segment be shared with the Anishinabek Leadership, Communities, ...

Free, Prior and Informed Consent - Making FPIC work for Forests and Peoples
Report

2010 - English - Practical

Free, Prior and Informed Consent - Making FP...

Marcus Colchester


This scoping review provides comprehensive information regarding Indigenous Peoples’ right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC), as it is currently represented in academic literature and community practice. The review highlights the legal foundations, practical implications, and outcomes of FPIC, attending to the conflicts and challenges ...

This report discusses the context of local land grabs and how the principle of FPIC has responded to land grabs more recently. The ‘consent’ component of FPIC is explored in more detail, including where consent is required and desired. The report concludes that the ultimate challenge is a political issue, not technical.

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