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Indigenous Peoples have the Right to Decide

Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is the inherent right Indigenous communities have to decide “yes” or “no” to mining, forestry, oil, gas, water, or other proposed external activities that would affect their lands, territories, and/or natural resources.

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Learning about international and national standards helps communities to defend their lands.

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Indigenous Laws and Governance in Indigenous Self-Developed FPIC Protocols
Report

2020 - English - Practical

Indigenous Laws and Governance in Indigenous S…

Sheryl Lightfoot


This paper investigates a series of case studies on Indigenous self-developed FPIC principles and guidelines. This paper also highlights how these principles relate to the inclusion of women and youth in decision making processes, and what actions Indigenous peoples may take to ensure a community approach to resource development issues.

FPIC Flashcards
Infographic

2015 - English - Simple

FPIC Flashcards

Oxfam Australia


This short series of flashcards outlines the key steps indigenous communities can take to exercise their right to free, prior and informed consent.

Towards an Indigenous-Informed Relational Approach to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC)
Scientific Paper

2019 - English - Academic

Towards an Indigenous-Informed Relational Appr…

Courtney Arseneau, Darren Thomas, Peggy Smith et al.


The article, based on several years of dialogue and interviews and a two-day workshop on FPIC, offers insight into Indigenous perspectives on FPIC advancing an Indigenous-informed relational approach to consultation and consent seeking.

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The Rise of Indigenous Resource Interests – Pathway to Success
News Article

2021 - English - Simple

The Rise of Indigenous Resource Interests – Pa…

Maureen McCall


This news article discusses the factors influencing decision making by First Nations within the natural resource sector in Canada.

Uncommon Ground: The Impact of Natural Resource Corruption on Indigenous Peoples
News Article

2020 - English - Simple

Uncommon Ground: The Impact of Natural Resourc…

Carter Squires, Landau Kelsey, Robin J. Lewis


This news article discusses contextual factors that can allow for more effective resource governance on Indigenous land in Brazil, Peru, and Canada.

New Community-Driven Project Aims to Support Revitalization of Indigenous Languages for Current and Coming Generations
News Article

2022 - English - Simple

New Community-Driven Project Aims to Support R…

Bev Betkowski


This news article presents a community-based project - Supporting Indigenous Language Revitalization (SILR). This project's goal is to incorporate community and Indigenous led efforts to preserve and strengthen Indigenous languages across Turtle Island.