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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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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.

The Politics of Indigenous Participation Through " Free Prior Informed Consent": Reflections from the Bolivian Case
Scientific Paper

2015 - English - Advanced

The Politics of Indigenous Participation Thr...

Jean Grugel, Lorenza Fontana


This article explores the challenges of ethnic-based participation and its potential for creating inclusive and effective forms of decision-making for marginalized social groups. Empirically, it examines a recent attempt to establish more participative forms of resource and development governance for indigenous communities in Bolivia through Free Prior and Informed Consent.

Agency Vulnerability, Participation, and the Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples
Scientific Paper

2013 - English - Moderate

Agency Vulnerability, Participation, and the...

Stacy Kosko


This paper draws a distinction between the process and the substantive aspects of self-determination, and identifies participation as a key component of the process aspect, defending its importance in decision-making in any residual areas of shared rule between indigenous and non-indigenous groups or entities.

Civil Society Participation in International Decision Making: Recent Developments and Future Perspectives in the Indigenous Rights Arena
Scientific Paper

2012 - English - Moderate

Civil Society Participation in International...

Enzamaría Tramontana


This article looks that the fact that while a number of positive steps have been taken to allow indigenous peoples the possibility to take part in relevant intergovernmental decision-making processes, there’s a need to provide their own self-governing institutions and organisations with a more influential status than that granted to civil society organizations.

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.

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