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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 Ruse of Consent and the Anatomy of 'Refusal': Cases from Indigenous North America and Australia
Scientific Paper

2017 - English - Advanced

The Ruse of Consent and the Anatomy of 'Refu...

Simpson Audra


This article takes the notion of ‘refusal’ to be an alternative to recognition politics in settler colonial society. This is argued as alternative with recourse to ethnographic examples that highlight the way in which ‘consent’ operates as a technique of recognition and simultaneous dispossession in historical cases from Indigenous North America and Australia.

At the Rise of the Fourth World Conference in 2014, Rodolfo Stavenhagen presented on contemporary Indigenous issues, including health, equity, and self-determination.

Ovide Mercredi Opening Keynote
Video & Podcast

Rise of the Fourth World Conference June 11-13, 2014. Video shot by Nathan from the Commons Studio at the Working Centre and edited by students of the WLU Indigenous Health and Social Justice Research Group at the Queen Street Commons Studio. In this video, Ovide Mercredi presents the Indigenous experience of colonization and the important of maintaining a strong cultural identity in the face of oppression.

The Internationalization of Indigenous Rights UNDRIP in the Canadian Context
eBook

2014 - English - Technical

The Internationalization of Indigenous Right...

Mitchell Terry


The emergence of an international rights regime is a matter of both national and international importance that points to a critical yet oft-ignored governance issue – Indigenous rights. With the adoption of UNDRIP, states formally recognized the distinct status of indigenous peoples, as well as the international obligation to protect and promote their human rights. UNDRIP serves to reinforce the fundamental rights and protections of indigenous peoples that were already recognized by international law, but often denied by states.

Indigenous Peoples Communities of African Descent Extractive Industries
Report

This report documents the various industrial projects being conducted in Latin America with minimal supervision and ownership in the protection of Indigenous lands.

Communities in the Driving Seat: A Manual on FPIC
Manual

This excellent plain language manual describes Free Prior and Informed Consent for Indigenous communities and provides 4 steps in the FPIC process: Community mobilization, Negotiation, Decision Making, Project Monitoring. The manual ends with a discussion of ways to get a fair deal between communities and companies.

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