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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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The intersection of corporate social responsibility guidelines and indigenous rights: Examining neoliberal governance of a proposed mining project in Suriname
Scientific Paper

This article discusses corporate social responsibility regarding issues of accountability and differing understandings of CSR. The article then explains how background context surrounding different players can create a power dynamic that shapes how CSR documents are understood.

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.

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.

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.

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