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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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Making FPIC - Free, Prior and Informed Consent - Work: Challenges and Prospects for Indigenous People
Report

This report summarizes progress made by indigenous peoples’ and organizations seeking to assess and apply right of indigenous peoples ‘to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent to actions that affect their lands, territories and natural resources’ (referred to as ‘the right to FPIC’). It is informed by field programmes, case studi…

Governance in forestry is beginning to include more actors in decision-making processes. This article explores the role of Aboriginal peoples in governing the Canadian forest sector. In a case study of Essipit Innu First Nation in Quebec (Canada) the Essipit community effectively co-governed forest management decisions with a forestry company at t…

This report discusses the context of local land grabs and how the principle of FPIC has responded to land grabs more recently. The ‘consent’ component of FPIC is explored in more detail, including where consent is required and desired. The report concludes that the ultimate challenge is a political issue, not technical.

Anatomy of a First Nations treaty
News Article

2016 - English - Practical

Anatomy of a First Nations treaty

Hayden King


This article describes briefly the history of First Nations-settler treaties and recent developments in treaty negotiations in Canada.

The Livelihood Impacts of Oil Palm: Smallholders in Indonesia
Scientific Paper

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…

Human rights, Indigenous peoples and the concept of Free, Prior and Informed Consent
Scientific Paper

The article explores the rights of Indigenous peoples to participate in decision-making about resource development projects as a key part of their self-determination. The article discusses the role and responsibility of corporations in ensuring that Indigenous peoples’ right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) as included under the United N…

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