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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.

Free, Prior and Informed Consent: Reflections from IsumaTV’s Engagement with the Mary River Project
Scientific Paper

2016 - English - Technical

Free, Prior and Informed Consent: Reflection...

Kunuk Zacharias, Lipsett Lloyd


This paper presents a series of reflections about the implementation of free, prior and informed consent (“FPIC”) in the context of natural resource extraction, using a case study of The Mary River Mine in Nunavut, Canada. A Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) that was conducted by an Inuit media organization, IsumaTV, was used to examine the way that FPIC was being applied and the impacts of the mine on Inuit peoples.

Is free, prior and informed consent a form of corporate social responsibility?
Scientific Paper

2016 - English - Technical

Is free, prior and informed consent a form o...

Rodhouse Toyah, Vanclay Frank


Organizations across the world are starting to include Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and human rights standards in their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) documents. The authors of this article argue characteristics of CSR are not inherently well-matched with tenants of basic human rights and FPIC is often included in CSR documents to serve the role of preventing societal backlash against corporate actions.

Indigenous Consent and Natural Resource Extraction: Foundations for a Made-in-Canada Approach
Scientific Paper

2017 - English - Moderate

Indigenous Consent and Natural Resource Extr...

Papillon Martin, Rodon Thierry


Controversy over the interpretation of FPIC as a "veto" is a major roadblock to Canada's implementation of UNDRIP.

Venezuela's Deepening Logic of Extraction
Scientific Paper

2017 - English - Moderate

Venezuela's Deepening Logic of Extraction

Rosales Antulio


This article looks at the mining industry in Venezuela including the illegal mining activities and the government's lack of monitoring.

Indigenous peoples and mining position statement
Official Statement

2013 - English - Moderate

Indigenous peoples and mining position state...

International Council on Mining and Minerals


This report by the International Council on Mining and Minerals discusses how mining companies plan to honour the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent in order to create a mutually respectful and meaningful relationship that is beneficial to both Indigenous communities and companies in the extractive sector.

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