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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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Training Manual on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent in REDD+ for Indigenous Peoples
Manual

This manual is a working guide for Indigenous peoples to understand FPIC in relation to projects related to REDD+. The objective of the manual is to explain to Indigenous peoples about FPIC and provide a guide on the application of FPIC in REDD+ activities. The manual should be adopted to the various needs of different communities.

How to Implement free, prior informed FPIC
Scientific Paper

Negotiating FPIC is a process, consisting of informing affected persons about planned activities and their impacts and verifying that the information provided has been understood, before explicit consent can be negotiated. If people refuse, their decision must be respected. FPIC focuses on harmonising relationships between groups of different power and means.

Unfulfilled promises of the consultation approach: the limits to effective indigenous participation in Bolivia’s and Peru’s extractive industries
Scientific Paper

2016 - English - Moderate

Unfulfilled promises of the consultation app...

Flemmer Riccarda, Schilling-Vacaflor Almut


This article looks at the limitations of FPIC in regards to Indigenous voices in Bolivia's and Peru's hydrocarbon sectors.

Understanding FPIC - From assertion and assumption on ‘free, prior and informed consent’ to a new model for Indigenous engagement on resource development
Scientific Paper

2016 - English - Advanced

Understanding FPIC - From assertion and assu...

Coates Ken, Favel Blaine


This report explores the meaning of free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC), and how it interacts with current Canadian law and practice. Several recommendations are provided on how the Trudeau government can fulfill its promise to incorporate FPIC into the existing Canadian system without negatively impacting Indigenous communities or economic development.

This interview with Romeo Saganash, NDP MP for Abitibi—Baie James—Nunavik—Eeyou, discusses the importance of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) for Indigenous peoples and how it can be applied in Canada. James Bay, in Northern Quebec, is discussed as an example for positive applications of FPIC. A private members’ bill Saganash is proposing is also discussed.

The Politics of Indigenous Participation Through “Free Prior Informed Consent”: Reflections from the Bolivian Case
Scientific Paper

2016 - English - Technical

The Politics of Indigenous Participation Thr...

Fontana Lorenza, Grugel Jean


This article looks at the challenges of Indigenous community participation as a way of fostering inclusion in decision-making actions. Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) processes in Bolivia are explored where Indigenous communities are informed and consulted before development projects begin. The article explores tensions in current FPIC processes that form a barrier in participatory and inclusive governance structures.

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