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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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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.

Negotiating "Meaningful Participation" for Indigenous Peoples in the Context of Mining
Scientific Paper

2016 - English - Moderate

Negotiating "Meaningful Participation" for I...

Lynette Carter, Ruwhiu Diane


This paper aims to explore the importance of meaningful participation for Indigenous peoples within the complex and highly political context of mining and mineral extraction. The aim is to consider the multi-dimensional nature of the mining context that takes into account the discursive landscape that frames the often disparate perspectives of corporate, state and Indigenous communities.

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.

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.

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.

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