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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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FPIC: The Right to Decide
Brief Summary

These short website and booklet are designed to be a first approach of what FPIC is. It was developed by the IRRG group, with input from Indigenous Peoples in Canada, and the support of two international designers. The website can be visited on mobile devices and the booklet can be freely printed and distributed.

The Crown’s Constitutional Duty to Consult and Accommodate Aboriginal and Treaty Rights
Report

2008 - English - Advanced

The Crown’s Constitutional Duty to Consult a...

Morellato Maria


In this report from the National Centre for First Nations Governance, Morellato discusses the importance of the Government’s duty to consult Aboriginal people with respect to their traditional lands, resources, and governance. She argues that the decisions made by the Crown can either facilitate Indigenous governance and self-determination or can extend injustice, marginalization and poverty. Important cases in Canadian law are examined followed by recommendations for consultation and reconciliation.

The Right to Decide: The Importance of Respecting Free, Prior and Informed Consent
Policy Brief

2011 - English - Moderate

The Right to Decide: The Importance of Respe...

Amazon Watch


This briefing report explains the roles and responsibilities of companies to address human rights impacts of company operations. Indigenous peoples that are potentially affected by industry development have ethical, legal, and financial rights related to industrial development. The report identifies key challenges related to implementing FPIC and recommendations for companies who invest in the Amazon.

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
Manual

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.

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