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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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The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and FPIC: Canada is overdue on implementation
Essay

This article by National Chief, Perry Bellegarde, discusses FPIC as an aspect of Indigenous people's inherent right to self-determination. He states that Indigenous peoples have rights to make decisions about the land, laws, and resources. Planning decisions cannot be made without Indigenous people's FPIC and must be free from oppression, outside interference, and negative impacts. Bellegarde calls on the Canadian government to adopt the declaration within federal legislation and to address the human rights violations that are occurring in Canada.

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.

The path to reconciliation starts with consent
News Article

2016 - English - Moderate

The path to reconciliation starts with consent

Iacobucci Frank


This article explains how FPIC is part of reconciliation and advocates for consultation. It also explains that recent focus on reconciliation came from a call-out by the UN in 2005. It mentions why consent is important and presents some barriers in the way of conversation between Indigenous Peoples and the government.

Northern Public Affairs - The Right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent
Report

2016 - English - Moderate

Northern Public Affairs - The Right to Free,...

Northern Public Affairs


This magazine issue is a compilation of the voices of Indigenous Peoples in Canada through a collection of informative articles as well as poetry and art. The focus of this issue is on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) as told and understood by various Indigenous individuals. It is a fantastic resource that gives many examples of why FPIC is important in Canada.

Letter from the editors: Moving Forward with the Right to Free, Prior, & Informed Consent
Essay

2016 - English - Technical

Letter from the editors: Moving Forward with...

Gladstone Joshua, Singleton-Polster Rachel


This is the letter from the editors, of Northern Public Affairs special issue about Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC). It introduces why FPIC is necessary and the need for a formal process for moving forward with FPIC in Canada. The legal basis for FPIC in International law, the use of FPIC in national law and policy, and the potential for implementation of FPIC under the Trudeau government are discussed.

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.

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