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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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This document includes speaking notes on the topic of FPIC at the Prospector and Developer’s Association of Canada annual conference. The speaker defines FPIC, clarifies prevailing misconceptions about FPIC, and discusses how FPIC can be implemented in the extractive sector. The speaker discusses FPIC in the Canadian context and argues for Canadian development companies to incorporate FPIC into their practices.

Recognize Rights, Free Prior and Informed Consent and Traditional Knowledge in Climate Change Talks
Report

Just as they did in the Bonn Climate Talks in August, indigenous peoples, long unrecognized as “guardians of mother earth,” are making their voices heard as state negotiators gather here in Bangkok for the 2nd week of negotiations that would facilitate an agreement in Copenhagen in December 2009.

Increasing the Sustainability of a Resource Development: Aboriginal Engagement and Negotiated Agreements
Scientific Paper

This article discusses Aboriginal peoples engagement in Negotiated Agreements (IBAs) and Environmental Impact Assessments as a way in which to produce more sustainable development projects. The author suggests that by negotiating with businesses directly, Aboriginal peoples are able to get around the limitations of government legislation and ensure their communities and lands are protected. A Case Study of Galore Creek, on the traditional territory of Tahltan Nation is proposed as an example of sustainable development.

This article explores the expanding oil palm industry in Indonesia, in order to document the livelihood impacts of resource development among smallhold farmers. They found that oil palm development resulted in economic benefits for local communities, but resulted in conflict between farmers and industry due to lack of Free, Prior, Informed Consent (FPIC) and equitable benefit sharing. Suggestions that protect farmer’s rights and local environments are included.

Impact benefit agreements between aboriginal communities and mining companies their use in Canada
Report

The report presents an overview of impact and benefit agreements (IBAs) that are signed between mining companies and First Nation communities in Canada in to establish formal relationships, reduce impact of a mine, and secure economic benefit for affected communities. IBAs are increasingly used by First Nations in Canada to influence decision making about resource exploitation in their lands.

This report describes the current attitudes towards FPIC among extractive industries, assesses challenges business encounter in implementing FPIC, and outlines the key tools and practices that companies can use to develop relationships with Indigenous peoples and implement FPIC. Consent is framed as an iterative, multi-layered, ongoing process of consultation, rather than a one-time seal of approval.

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