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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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This toolkit for negotiations to develop IBAs focuses primarily on the mining industry in Canada, Latin America, and Australia. However, the knowledge gained can be applied to other industries and regions. It is meant to be a resource for Aboriginal groups negotiating with industry and government.

Inside the Issues 3.28 | Indigenous Rights in Global Governance
Video & Podcast

In this video, Dr. Terry Mitchell and José Aylwin share their perspectives on the rights of Indigenous peoples within the global context. With Indigenous rights becoming more well-recognized worldwide following the development of UNDRIP, it is time to develop national policies that recognize the rights of Indigenous peoples.

Synthesis of Literature on FPIC
Scientific Paper

This synthesis introduces, defines, and describes the origins of FPIC in international law. Next, the report provides an overview of FPIC in Canada, then describes the status of FPIC in the Canadian extractive sector. The report closes by identifying and summarizing current trends in research on FPIC.

Understanding Successful Approaches to Free Prior and Informed Consent in Canada Part 1

2015 - English - Technical

Understanding Successful Approaches to Free ...

Gibson MacDonald Ginger, Zezulka Gaby

This report supports FPIC in Canada and promotes understanding of, and progress towards, its successful negotiation. In Canada, FPIC is unique because the rights of Aboriginal peoples are protected under the Canadian Constitution. This ensures rights confirmed through treaties are protected, however, it does not provide clear guidance on consent.

This is the final thematic report of James Anaya, the Special Rapporteur it addresses human rights concerns of indigenous peoples relating to extractive industries. The report advances understanding of content and implications of international human rights standards relevant to these concerns.

Biodiversity and Culture: Exploring Community Protocols, Rights and Consent
Scientific Paper

FPIC and community protocol-type processes are being used to help claim rights and negotiate agreements in various biodiversity contexts. However, recent developments in international law in relation to access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing (ABS) have brought these participatory tools and processes centre stage.