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Inside the Issues 4.28 | Indigenous Rights
Video & Podcast

Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous Peoples, Rodolfo Stavenhagen joins host Andrew Thompson in this special edition of Inside the Issues for a discussion on indigenous rights. What are the unique challenges facing indigenous peoples today? What is the role and goal of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues? And, how are countries, including Canada, doing when it comes to addressing indigenous rights issues?

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.

Who Controls the Territory and the Resources? Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) as a Contested Human Rights Practice in Bolivia
Scientific Paper

2016 - English - Advanced

Who Controls the Territory and the Resources...

Schilling-Vacaflor Almut


The article scrutinizes the struggles over prior consultation and free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) and analyses the divergent interpretations of what this right would entail in Bolivia. Similar conversations have played an important role in resource conflicts across Latin America.

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.

Understanding FPIC - From assertion and assumption on ‘free, prior and informed consent’ to a new model for Indigenous engagement on resource development
Scientific Paper

2016 - English - Advanced

Understanding FPIC - From assertion and assu...

Coates Ken, Favel Blaine


This report explores the meaning of free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC), and how it interacts with current Canadian law and practice. Several recommendations are provided on how the Trudeau government can fulfill its promise to incorporate FPIC into the existing Canadian system without negatively impacting Indigenous communities or economic development.

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