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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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Canada's decision in 2010 to sign the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples represented much more than a change of federal government policies. The belated action, coming three years after the UN passed this historic agreement, marked the high point in the generations-long struggle for the recognition of Aboriginal rights.

Considering the Triple Bottom Line of Good Governance
Essay

2012 - English - Moderate

Considering the Triple Bottom Line of Good G...

Ken Coates, Terry Mitchell


Good governance is a foundation of effective social development where Indigenous people contribute to re-development of the Fourth World. UNDRIP principles of participation and consent include Indigenous rights to participate in decision-making and consult using FPIC before adopting measures that affect them.

Idle No More challenges to the integrity of the nation state and are not revolutionary. They call on the Government and people of Canada to share national wealth, to adhere to Canadian law, to negotiate new arrangements where existing treaties are insufficient, and to adjust national policy to better suit needs and aspirations.

UNDRIP: Shifting from Global Aspiration to Local Realization
Essay

The core lesson in the creation of UNDRIP was simple: collective action by Indigenous peoples could force major changes in national and international law. The process of improving conditions for Indigenous peoples has now moved to a different level. The socio-economic and cultural problems of Indigenous have been described globally, really for the first time.

UNDRIP Changes Indigenous Peoples Articulation of Both Problems and Solutions
Essay

2013 - English - Moderate

UNDRIP Changes Indigenous Peoples Articulati...

Ken Coates, Terry Mitchell


The UNDRIP was defined at the time of its passage as an "aspirational document." Those governments that resisted the declaration — Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand in 2007 and which signed on later in 2010 — worried that the creation of international law on Aboriginal rights would elevate Indigenous expectations.

Understanding FPIC - From assertion and assumption on ‘free, prior and informed consent’ to a new model for Indigenous engagement on resource development
Scientific Paper

2016 - English - Advanced

Understanding FPIC - From assertion and assu...

Blaine Favel, Ken Coates


This report explores the meaning of free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC), and how it interacts with current Canadian law and practice. Several recommendations are provided on how the Trudeau government can fulfill its promise to incorporate FPIC into the existing Canadian system without negatively impacting Indigenous communities or economic development.