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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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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.

Demanding Free, Prior and Informed Consent Across Borders - Making Rights Real in Colombia
News Article

2012 - English - Technical

Demanding Free, Prior and Informed Consent A...

Aviva Chomsky


This article discusses a workshop that was conducted in Colombia in partnership between a U.S. based grassroots organization called Witness for Peace (WfP) and local community activists in Guatemala and Colombia. In the workshop, Guatemalans who had successfully been using FPIC to withhold their consent to development projects, taught the Colombians strategies with which to resist industry using community consultations and advocacy.

Rights Talk in Belize - Q'eqchi Maya Communities Meet Across Borders
News Article

This article discusses the efforts of Matilde Chocooj Coc, a Q’eqchi Mayan woman from Guatemala, who travelled to another Q’eqchi Mayan community in Belize, Crique Sarco, in order to share strategies for exercising their rights to FPIC as outlined in International law. The point of this meeting was to ensure that leaders in Crique Sarco were given instruction in order to negotiate with a proposed Texas-based oil company.

Proponent-Indigenous agreements and the implementation of the right to free, prior, and informed consent in Canada
Scientific Paper

2016 - English - Advanced

Proponent-Indigenous agreements and the impl...

Martin Papillon, Thierry Rondon


Focusing on the Canadian context, this article discusses the roots and implications of a proponent-driven model for seeking Indigenous consent to natural resource extraction on their traditional lands. Building on two case studies, the paper argues that negotiated consent through IBAs offers a truncated version of FPIC from the perspective of the communities involved.

Update N°109
Report

This update focuses on Indigenous governance and what constitutes good governance. It reports on self-determination as well as land rights.

In this review, democratic governance and sustainable development are presented as an avenue towards achieving healthy Indigenous communities.

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