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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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Consulting Whom? Lessons from the Toronto Urban Aboriginal Strategy
Scientific Paper

2014 - English - Technical

Consulting Whom? Lessons from the Toronto Ur...

Mai Nguyen


The Urban Aboriginal Strategy (UAS) in Toronto has the purpose of providing support to Aboriginal communities in urban settings. This article asks: Does the UAS provide Aboriginal participants with the ability to effectively participant in the consultation process? It is argued that Aboriginal peoples are not effectively participating in UAS consultation because consultation occurs in an urban setting and the federal government reserves the right to make final decisions.

Free, Prior, and Informed Consent of Indigenous Peoples
Policy Brief

2013 - English - Technical

Free, Prior, and Informed Consent of Indigen...

Navi Pillay


This policy brief from the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) describes the legal and normative requirements for Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) that nation states are expected to uphold under UNDRIP and other treaties on international human rights. The exact requirements for FPIC are described including who should be consulted, how they should be consulted, and how their consent can be verified.

United Nations adopts Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples
News Article

2007 - English - Simple

United Nations adopts Declaration on Rights ...

United Nations News Centre


This article from UN News Centre, reports on the General Assembly of the United Nations decision to ratify the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), on September 13th, 2007. At this time, four countries voted against the declaration including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Canadian representative, John McNee is reported to have described the rights to FPIC as unduly restrictive.

Report of the Independent Expert on the Issue of Human Rights Obligations Relating to the Enjoyment of a Safe, Clean, Health and Sustainable Environment
Report

2012 - English - Technical

Report of the Independent Expert on the Issu...

John Knox


This report to the UN by the Independent Expert on Human Rights to a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment, discusses environmental protections as an international human right. The existing international legal provisions that would support an international human right to environmental protection are discussed, including UNDRIP and Indigenous peoples right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent.

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Report on the Sixteenth Session
Report

2017 - English - Technical

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Report...

United Nations


This report from the UN summarizes the topics discussed at the permanent forum on Indigenous issues including sustainability development and FPIC.

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoplesus Peoples
Official Statement

2008 - English - Technical

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of ...

United Nations


This is the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, as adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2007. The UN Declaration grants Indigenous peoples rights to self-determination, lands and territories, cultural traditions and customs, and free, prior, and informed consent concerning any development or decision-making on their traditional territory.

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