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Knowledge is Power

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 and Tribal Peoples' Rights in Practice: A guide to ILO convention 169

2009 - English - Moderate

Indigenous and Tribal Peoples' Rights in Pra...

International Labor Organization

Following the International Labour Organizations (ILO) adoption of the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples’ Convention and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the rights of indigenous peoples’ must begin to be implemented at the country-level to ensure they are effective. The main purpose of this Guide is to provide governments, indigenous and tribal peoples and workers’ and employers’ organizations with a practical tool for the implementation of indigenous peoples' rights.

Putting Free, Prior, and Informed Consent into Practice in REDD+ initiatives

This training manual was developed by The Centre for Peoples and Forests (RECOFTC), as a practical tool for trainers and facilitators to improve understandings of FPIC among stakeholders at all levels. The manual includes an introduction to the concepts and values of FPIC as well as concrete steps for implementing and evaluating an FPIC project. It is primarily a training resource for community members engaged in participatory projects.

This document was produced by the Union of Ontario Indians, to describe the community engagement strategy they used to share information about the Ontario Mining Act with their communities and to gain feedback. From this consultation process, a number of key issues emerged including concern for the environment, capacity of Indigenous communities, and negotiations with industry, that were used to develop suggestions on how the Ontario Mining Act could be updated.

Making Free Prior & Informed Consent a Reality: Indigenous Peoples and the Extractive Sector

The “Making FPIC a Reality Project” in the United Kingdom, is a coalition of Indigenous peoples, Academic institutions, and NGO’s that advocate for the recognition of the rights of Indigenous peoples by multinational mining companies. This research paper seeks to contribute towards a discussion between indigenous peoples and mining companies on the issue of indigenous peoples’ right to FPIC. It details the way FPIC is defined in international law, and then Indigenous and corporate perspectives on FPIC.

Politics, Culture, and Governance in the Development of Prior Informed Consent in Indigenous Communities
Scientific Paper

2006 - English - Technical

Politics, Culture, and Governance in the Dev...

Joshua Rosenthal

This paper includes a summary of two projects with the Aguaruna people in Peru and Maya people in Mexico. Lessons are drawn about the role of culture, politics, and local governance in the different outcomes of these projects. The author discusses how indigenous governance facilitates the process of prior informed consent for the use of traditional knowledge.

Indigenous Peoples' Rights and the Role of Free, Prior and Informed Consent

2014 - English - Moderate

Indigenous Peoples' Rights and the Role of F...

Amy K. Lehr

Indigenous peoples right to free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) for the use of their lands, resources, traditional knowledge, or intellectual property (“FPIC”) is a special protection for indigenous peoples. It is a recent development in international law, although not always effectively implemented in national practice. Companies wishing to respect this right should build upon their existing consultation processes so that they can demonstrate that they obtained consent for their activities.

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