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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 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A Manual for National Human Rights Institutions
Manual

2013 - English - Moderate

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights...

Asia Pacific Forum


This manual aims to support National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in the promotion and protection of the rights of Indigenous peoples, as outlined in UNDRIP. Chapter 3 of the report (p. 19), discusses the provisions relating to self-determination and Indigenous governance and their significance, including the use of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent as an extension of consultation processes.

Know Your Rights: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for Adolescents
Manual

2013 - English - Simple

Know Your Rights: United Nations Declaration...

Blackstock Cindy


This magazine-style document is for Indigenous youth, so that they can learn about the rights they have recognized in international law. This text provides a summary of some of the important language, themes, and articles of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), so that young people can continue to play an important role in ensuring that it is fully implemented.

Rights in Action: Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for Indigenous Peoples
Video & Podcast

This community-friendly animation video explains the concepts and mechanisms of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) through a story of interaction between indigenous peoples and people requesting their consent for new development. FPIC is a continual process that involves mutual respect and meaningful participation of indigenous peoples in decision-making on matters affecting them.

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.

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.

Northern Public Affairs - The Right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent
Report

2016 - English - Moderate

Northern Public Affairs - The Right to Free,...

Northern Public Affairs


This magazine issue is a compilation of the voices of Indigenous Peoples in Canada through a collection of informative articles as well as poetry and art. The focus of this issue is on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) as told and understood by various Indigenous individuals. It is a fantastic resource that gives many examples of why FPIC is important in Canada.

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