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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 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.

Finding Common Ground: A Critical Review of Land Use and Resource Management Policies in Ontario, Canada and their Intersection with First Nations
Scientific Paper

2015 - English - Technical

Finding Common Ground: A Critical Review of ...

Carolyn King, Fraser McLeod, Graham Whitelaw et al.


This article analyses selective land use and resource management policies in their ability to recognize the rights of First Nations and Aboriginal peoples and past Crown-First Nations relationships. This study completed a document analysis of provincial legal documents on how they address First Nation issues and areas for improvement. Findings show an urgent need for guidance on how provincial authorities improve policy on relations between First Nations and other jurisdictions.

We Have Rights: A Community Guide for Indigenous Peoples on the 2009 ADB Safeguard Policy Statement and Accountability Mechanism
Manual

This Guide focuses on the Asian Development Bank Safeguard Policy Statement of 2009 (ADB 2009 SPS) particularly its safeguard requirements for Indigenous Peoples. In addition, it features the ADB Accountability Mechanism of 2012. It also contains the principles and process of the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

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.

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 Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) or joint ventures.

The Crown’s Constitutional Duty to Consult and Accommodate Aboriginal and Treaty Rights
Report

In this report from the National Centre for First Nations Governance, Morellato discusses the importance of the Government’s duty to consult Aboriginal people with respect to their traditional lands, resources, and governance. She argues that the decisions made by the Crown can either facilitate Indigenous governance and self-determination or can extend injustice, marginalization and poverty. Important cases in Canadian law are examined followed by recommendations for consultation and reconciliation.

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