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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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Mapping Our Lands & Waters, Protecting Our Future
Report

2015 - English - Moderate

Mapping Our Lands & Waters, Protecting Our F...

Stankovitch Mara


This comprehensive report of the global conference on community participatory mapping in Indigenous peoples' territories showcases how to use maps to assert rights to Indigenous lands, territories, and resources. Maps are also presented as a tool for the sustainable management of resources, monitoring, for governance, and as a research methodology.

Included or Excluded: An Analysis of the Application of the Free, Prior and Informed Consent Principles in Land Grabbing Cases in Cameroon
Scientific Paper

2016 - English - Moderate

Included or Excluded: An Analysis of the App...

Ashukem Jean Claude N.


Focusing on Cameroon, this article examines instances of land grabbing in the country, with a focus on the application of the principle of FPIC. The arguments in the article are inspired by international law in which the application of the principle in the context of land grabbing serves not only to protect the rights and interests of indigenous people but is also conducive to fostering and reinforcing the land governance regime of host countries involved in such deals.

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.

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.

Free, Prior & Informed Consent and the Future of Inuit Self-Determination
Essay

2016 - English - Technical

Free, Prior & Informed Consent and the Futur...

Obed Natan


This article describes how Indigenous peoples’ right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) is an important tool in the work of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), a national representative organization for Inuit peoples in Canada. FPIC is viewed as an important tool that ensures Inuit participation in decision-making with government, as demonstrated in a comparison of two projects in which FPIC was and was not used appropriately.

Title is with me
Essay

This article is based on two presentations at the Free, Prior and Informed Consent Forum of 2015, by Chief Roger William. These presentations were made following the legal process that began in 1998 which resulted in the 2014 declaration by the Supreme Court of Canada recognizing Tsilhqot’in title. He suggests that in recognizing the land title of First Peoples, consent is now required for development.

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