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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 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.

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 & 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.

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.

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.

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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