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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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Unfulfilled promises of the consultation approach: the limits to effective indigenous participation in Bolivia’s and Peru’s extractive industries
Scientific Paper

2016 - English - Moderate

Unfulfilled promises of the consultation app...

Flemmer Riccarda, Schilling-Vacaflor Almut


This article looks at the limitations of FPIC in regards to Indigenous voices in Bolivia's and Peru's hydrocarbon sectors.

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.

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.

This toolkit for negotiations to develop IBAs focuses primarily on the mining industry in Canada, Latin America, and Australia. However, the knowledge gained can be applied to other industries and regions. It is meant to be a resource for Aboriginal groups negotiating with industry and government.

This report presents the relationship between rights in section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 and federal legislation. Subsection 35(1) reads: The existing aboriginal and treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada are hereby recognized and affirmed.

Biodiversity and Culture: Exploring Community Protocols, Rights and Consent
Scientific Paper

FPIC and community protocol-type processes are being used to help claim rights and negotiate agreements in various biodiversity contexts. However, recent developments in international law in relation to access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing (ABS) have brought these participatory tools and processes centre stage.