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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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Indigenous women and children in remote communities are subject to a “risk pile up”. These populations may face negative consequences from remote construction camps, including increased rates of sexual assault and violence, addictions, sexually transmitted infections, and family violence as a result of the presence of industrial camps and transient work forces. Through a collaborative process that included interviews with community members, Firelight supported research to generate strategies, policies and programs for municipalities, companies, Indigenous communities, and the BC Government to implement for the protection of women, youth and communities.

Operationalizing Free, Prior, and Informed Consent in the Extractive Industry Sector? Examining the Challenges of a Negotiated Model of Justice
Scientific Paper

This article explores the development of the principle of FPIC and the challenges that it presents to conventional forms of governance. FPIC is examined as a form of negotiated justice that aims to produce regulatory decisions through horizontal and decentralized forms of engagement.

Between Consent and Accomodation: What is the Government Duty to Accomodate First Nations Concerns with Resource Development Projects?
Policy Brief

2011 - English - Technical

Between Consent and Accomodation: What is th...

George Hoberg, Stephanie Taylor


This policy brief examines how the relationship between Canadian governments and Indigenous peoples is negotiated when disagreements arise regarding proposed development projects. While Indigenous peoples are entitled the right to Free, Prior, Informed Consent (FPIC), there is no clear understanding within Canadian law of when this consultation and accommodation have been appropriate. The Taku Supreme Court decision is explored as an example where Indigenous opposition to a project did not stop further development.

Indigenous Peoples Right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent: Reflections on Concepts and Practice
Scientific Paper

This paper explores the rights of Indigenous people in International law, through the frameworks of Free, Prior, Informed Consent (FPIC), and the World Commission on Dams (WCD). Reasons why FPIC is not always upheld in practice are explored through a series of case studies, and policy suggestions from the WCD are that prioritize the recognition of rights and assessment of risks are proposed to combat these problems.

Ecuador: indigenous peoples rights and harassment of protesters
Report

2012 - Multilingual - Simple

Ecuador: indigenous peoples rights and haras...

Amnesty International


Report by AI about the status of indigenous rights and harassment of protesters in Ecuador.

Caught in the Cross Fire: Indigenous Peoples, Black Communities, and Extractives in Colombia
Policy Brief

This policy brief, describes the results of a participatory action research project conducted to explore the violence experienced by ethnic populations in Colombia as a result of mining practices. They found that despite a legislative framework, the government was unable to protect human rights on the ground, as a result of a lack of accountability mechanisms and the voluntary nature of Corporate Social Responsibility among extractive industries.

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