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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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Free, Prior and Informed Consent - Protecting Indigenous Peoples' right to self-determination, participation, and decision-making
Brief Summary

2012 - English - Technical

Free, Prior and Informed Consent - Protectin...

Edward John, Friederichs Nicole, Nmehielle Vincent et al.

This article provides an overview of Indigenous peoples’ right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), including the meaning of each of these components. The legal basis for FPIC suggests that Indigenous peoples’ consent is required for any project that effects their lands or resources. The limits of FPIC are also discussed however, including the lack of clear definitions regarding consent and consultation, and the problems of non-enforcement by nation states.

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

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.

ON AIR - Spreading the word about the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent
News Article

2013 - English - Simple

ON AIR - Spreading the word about the right ...

Barcarse Kaimana

This article describes a series of radio programs being produced by Cultural Survival, to share knowledge about the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples with Indigenous communities. UNDRIP and FPIC are significant international policies, but their benefit is only realized when they are applied by Indigenous peoples. Greater information sharing about Indigenous rights is therefore necessary.

Know Your Rights: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for Adolescents

2013 - English - Simple

Know Your Rights: United Nations Declaration...

Blackstock Cindy

This magazine-style document is for Indigenous youth, so that they can learn about the rights they have recognized in international law. This text provides a summary of some of the important language, themes, and articles of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), so that young people can continue to play an important role in ensuring that it is fully implemented.

Rights in Action: Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for Indigenous Peoples
Video & Podcast

This community-friendly animation video explains the concepts and mechanisms of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) through a story of interaction between indigenous peoples and people requesting their consent for new development. FPIC is a continual process that involves mutual respect and meaningful participation of indigenous peoples in decision-making on matters affecting them.

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