Dr. Terry Mitchell is a professor of Community Psychology at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Ontario. She started Laurier’s Indigenous Rights and Resource Governance (IRRG) research group with Indigenous scholar Darren Thomas and the Pan-American Indigenous Rights and Resource Governance Network (PAIR-GN) with Chilean Indigenous rights lawyer José Aylwin. Their research, funded by Dr. Mitchell’s SSHRC grant, focuses on the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the advancement of understanding of, and respect for, the right to Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).
To advance social justice and Indigenous rights in Canada and around the world through collaborative knowledge construction, dissemination, and community engagement.
WWW.FPIC.INFO is born as a partnership of several higher education research institutions, led by Dr. Terry Mitchell at Wilfrid Laurier University in collaboration with Dr. Peggy Smith, Lakehead University and Matawa First Nation; Dr. Theirry Rodon, Université Laval; President Rebecca Jamieson, Six Nations Polytechnic, and Prof. José Aylwin, Universidad Austral, Chile. We work to promote access to Indigenous Communities on information and resources related to the right to Free Prior Informed Consent(FPIC).
Developed with and for Indigenous Peoples, 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 for viewing and downloading. The website is hosted by Deyohahá:ge, the Indigenous Knowledge Centre, at Six Nations Polytechnic in the territory of Six Nations of the Grand, Oshweken, Ontario, Canada. Deyohahá:ge (Two Roads): “is dedicated to bringing together two streams of consciousness – the ancestral Indigenous knowledge with the best of modern academic knowledge – in order to advance the overall well-being of all peoples.”
It has been prophesized that North and South American Indigenous peoples will experience a period of great strife. The eagle in North America and the condor in South America symbolize strength, power, leadership, and spiritual guidance for Indigenous peoples. The prophecy further talks of a time when the eagle will join the condor to symbolize a new period of rebuilding and strengthening of the Indigenous peoples. Many believe we are in this time now. We are using this symbol to honour this prophecy, and to aspire to further inter-cultural learning amongst Indigenous peoples and settler populations across the Americas.
We have collected and curated some of the best resources available related to FPIC with other materials on consultation and consent for you to use within your community. Most of these resources are open access, which mean you are free to download them without needing any special account. However, much of the knowledge around Indigenous Rights has been written in academic journals. For these resources, we invite website users who have university accounts to access the resources through their institutional catalogue by selecting it from the list of academic institutions we have provided.
For people without any institutional links, you can try finding these articles using Google Scholar (we will provide you with a link to query this service), or you can request a summary of the resource. Our team will get in touch with you as soon as we have prepared the summary for you.
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The website itself is maintained by the Indigenous Rights and Resource Governance Research group in partnership with Deyohahá:ge the Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Six Nations Polytechnic in the territory of Six Nations. We explicitly allow sharing and reproduction of any material we have developed, included but not limited to blog posts, summaries, and other informational resources.
May these resources support us all in our ongoing efforts to advance communication, understanding, Indigenous rights, reconciliation and a more just world.