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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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Lessons from Supreme Court Decisions on Indigenous Consultation
News Article

2017 - English - Moderate

Lessons from Supreme Court Decisions on Indi...

Hasan Nader R., Safayeni Justin


In July 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada released two major decisions on the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate Indigenous peoples. Those decisions provide important guidance that can help to ensure Indigenous peoples’ constitutional rights are better recognized and respected moving forward.

Consultation or consent; What is required before resource development
News Article

2017 - English - Moderate

Consultation or consent; What is required be...

Smith Peggy


This article touches on Canada's 150th celebration and how it translates into 150 years of colonialism for Aboriginals in Canada.

What is Free, Prior and Informed Consent?
Radio

2013 - Multilingual - Simple

What is Free, Prior and Informed Consent?

Indigenous Rights Radio


The Indigenous Right Radio uses the power of community radio to inform Indigenous Peoples of their rights. Through Indigenous voices, the organization has created a series of 20 Public Service Announcements where they explain the most important aspects of UNDRIP and how to exercise the right to FPIC.

Free, Prior, and Informed Consent: Empowering Communities for People-Focused Conservation
Brief Summary

2014 - English - Moderate

Free, Prior, and Informed Consent: Empowerin...

Buppert Theresa, McKeehan Adrienne


This article published in the Harvard International Review, describes a collaborative project between Conservation International (CI) and an Indigenous Advisory Group based in Guyana to develop guidelines about what FPIC looks like and how it is applied. The three stages that were identified through this collaborative process are discussed including; gathering needed information for the FPIC project, collaborating with community members, and ensuring accountability to the community.

Communities in the Driving Seat: A Manual on FPIC
Manual

This excellent plain language manual describes Free Prior and Informed Consent for Indigenous communities and provides 4 steps in the FPIC process: Community mobilization, Negotiation, Decision Making, Project Monitoring. The manual ends with a discussion of ways to get a fair deal between communities and companies.

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.

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