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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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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.

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.

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