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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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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.

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.

FPIC and community protocol-type processes are being used to help claim rights and negotiate agreements in various biodiversity contexts. However, recent developments in international law in relation to access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing (ABS) have brought these participatory tools and processes centre stage.

Adapting Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) to Local Contexts in REDD++: Lessons from Three Experiments in Vietnam
Scientific Paper

2015 - English - Moderate

Adapting Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (...

Dung Ngoc Le, Guillaume Lestrelin, Hien Thi Vu et al.


This paper examines how FPIC has been applied in three projects in Vietnam and highlights two key lessons: 1) FPIC is likely to be more accepted by the government if it is built upon the national legal framework on citizen rights. 2) FPIC activities should be seen as a learning process and designed based on local needs and preferences.

Aboriginal Participation in Mineral Development: Environmental Assessment and Impact-Benefit Agreements
Scientific Paper

This paper discusses the use of Impact Benefit Agreements (IBAs) negotiated between industry and Indigenous communities, and Environmental Assessments (EA) that are legislated by the Canadian Government. The author argues that IBAs and EA have the potential to encourage the consultation and partnership of Indigenous people in the development process, with positive impacts on the development project. The Tahltan Nation’s use of IBAs and EA in the Galore Creek Project is examined as a case study.

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