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Knowledge is Power

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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Free, Prior and Informed Consent is a new global model for relations between state governments and Indigenous communities. This article analyzes state-led consultations in Bolivia’s and Peru’s hydrocarbon sectors. Barriers to effective consultation include: lack of Indigenous ownership; Indigenous visions and demands not being understood; and limited or general outcomes.

The Paths to Social Licence to Operate: An Integrative Model Explaining Community Acceptance of Mining
Scientific Paper

This article attempts to understand how a social licence to operate in mining is granted and maintained, and it looks at the processes mining companies use to engage with local communities in a case study in Australia.

Cultural Preservation and Self-Determination through Land Use Planning: A Framework for the Fort Albany First Nation
Scientific Paper

2008 - English - Technical

Cultural Preservation and Self-Determination...

Daniel Minkin

A research project was carried out with the Fort Albany First Nation (FAFN) to develop a framework for a community-based process of land use planning to increase resource development pressure. Interviews with community members were carried out to identify values that should be protected and managed through the plan and the processes that should guide the process.

Cross-Cultural Competence and Power-Based Rules: A Native American Case Study
Scientific Paper

2008 - English - Technical

Cross-Cultural Competence and Power-Based Ru...

Gelaye Debebe

This article discusses how to navigate relationships between politically unequal organizations. A case study of an Anglo-Navajo inter-organizational relationship is presented to make sense of how a politically dominant group can successfully navigate cross-cultural collaboration. The author argues that reciprocal interdependence through the integration of knowledge and common goal-setting facilitates the relationship process.

Guidelines for Applying Free, Prior and Informed Consent

2013 - English - Moderate

Guidelines for Applying Free, Prior and Info...

Adrienne McKeehan, Theresa Buppert

This guide provides a series of guidelines for indigenous peoples, so that a process for Free, Prior and Informed Consent can occur effectively. A guide includes a suggested process for FPIC which is divided into the following 3 steps; gather information, collaborate on design and implementation, and ensure accountability.

This document was produced by the Union of Ontario Indians, to describe the community engagement strategy they used to share information about the Ontario Mining Act with their communities and to gain feedback. From this consultation process, a number of key issues emerged including concern for the environment, capacity of Indigenous communities, and negotiations with industry, that were used to develop suggestions on how the Ontario Mining Act could be updated.

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