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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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Good Life as a Social Movement Proposal for Natural Resource Use: The Indigenous Movement in Ecuador
Scientific Paper

2013 - English - Moderate

Good Life as a Social Movement Proposal for ...

Altmann Philipp


The Ecuadorian indigenous movement has developed the concept of Good Life (Sumak Kawsay or Buen Vivir) as a conceptual weapon in order to defend the territories of indigenous nationalities as the movement itself defines them.

Pachakuti: Indigenous Perspectives, Buen Vivir, Sumaq Kawsay and Degrowth
Scientific Paper

2011 - English - Technical

Pachakuti: Indigenous Perspectives, Buen Viv...

Thomson Bob


Bob Thomson argues that understanding the limits to growth for our finite planet is slowly gaining currency due to the (mostly) European sustainable degrowth ‘movement’ and a plurinational Latin American cosmovision which is largely indigenous but also criollo.

Buen Vivir: Emergent Discourse within or beyond Sustainable Development?
Scientific Paper

2014 - English - Technical

Buen Vivir: Emergent Discourse within or bey...

Beling Adrian, Vanhulst Julien


This paper sets out to review the content of Buen vivir (‘good living’) as an emergent discourse, reflecting on its genesis and contributions to the sustainability debate, as well as on incipient attempts at its institutionalization.

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.

Public forum on Internationalization of Indigenous Rights
Video & Podcast

The public forum portion of the Rise of the Fourth World conference in 2014 showcases the former national chief AFN, Ovide Mercredi; Special Rapporteur, Rodolfo Stavenhagen; Peruvian economist and advisor to Andean Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations, Luis Vittor; former president of Sami Parliament in Norway, Sven-Roald Nysto; Professor of Research and Maori and Indigenous Studies, Roger Maaka; and Commissioner Wilton Littlechild.

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?

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