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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 Business Reference Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Report

2013 - Multilingual - Moderate

The Business Reference Guide to the UN Decla...

United Nations Global Compact


This compilation of business practices is intended to raise awareness of the corporate responsibility to respect indigenous peoples' rights and opportunity to support their rights. It describes what Free, Prior and Informed Consent is and provides guidelines for the industries to adopt it in their processes.

From Dams to Development Justice: Progress with 'Free, Prior and Informed Consent' Since the World Commission on Dams
Scientific Paper

2010 - English - Advanced

From Dams to Development Justice: Progress w...

Cariño Joji, Colchester Marcus


This article examines how policy has developed to promote FPIC from 2000-2010 both as a human rights law and for extraction industry best practice. The article calls for more clarity around government power to control resource exploitation, since FPIC is not often upheld by industry and governments. The article also advocates for communities right to FPIC.

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 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.

ON AIR - Spreading the word about the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent
News Article

2013 - English - Simple

ON AIR - Spreading the word about the right ...

Barcarse Kaimana


This article describes a series of radio programs being produced by Cultural Survival, to share knowledge about the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples with Indigenous communities. UNDRIP and FPIC are significant international policies, but their benefit is only realized when they are applied by Indigenous peoples. Greater information sharing about Indigenous rights is therefore necessary.

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