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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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Powerful or Just Plain Power-Full? A Power Analysis of Impact Benefit Agreements in Canada's North
Scientific Paper

This article analyzes Impact-Benefit Agreements (IBAs) negotiated between industry and Aboriginal communities in Northern Canada, to show that they may lead to an inequitable distribution of power in favour of industry. They argue that IBAs can prevent Indigenous communities from making informed decisions with respect to development and discourage…

This document reviews some of the economic considerations that may positively impact communities and guide decision making with respect to resource extraction on their territories. Economic impacts of development such as royalties or employment and training opportunities are presented as well as different models for economic negotiation including …

Resource Extraction and Aboriginal Communities in Northern Canada: Social Considerations
Manual

This document reviews some of the potential issues and concerns that may arise with respect to the social dimensions of resource extraction, so as to alert Indigenous communities of the potential positive and negative impacts on their communities. The impacts of development on education and employment, housing, access to community and health servi…

Resource Extraction and Aboriginal Communities in Northern Canada: Cultural Considerations
Manual

This document reviews some of the potential issues and concerns that may arise with respect to the cultural dimensions of resource extraction, so as to warn Indigenous communities of potential negative impacts on their cultures. The impacts of development on traditional knowledge and cultural continuity, access to land and natural resources, and d…

Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making
eBook

2008 - English - Technical

Public Participation in Environmental Assessme…

Dietz Thomas, Paul Stern


This book outlines methods and best-processes for conducting Environmental-Impact Assessments (EIA), that include public participation in assessment and decision-making. It is intended as a useful resource for individuals who are conducting or assessing community participation in research about the environmental impacts of development. The book di…

This update introduces new information regarding the cooperation between the European Union and Indigenous Peoples in the context of the existence of new EU instruments for development and human rights. It also provides a platform for indigenous voices regarding some crucial areas of concern, namely the situation of indigenous women around the wor…

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