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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.
This report emerged out of a workshop held by Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) which brought together representatives from extractive industries to discuss the application of FPIC in engagement with Indigenous peoples. The report provides a corporate interpretation of the rights promised under FPIC including its legal requirements, benefits to corporate social responsibility, and potential impediments to business profits.
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.
This article looks at Guatemala with respect to "consultas comunitarias" and Canadian mining companies that are based in Indigenous communities.
‘Free, Prior and Informed Consent’ (FPIC) has emerged as a key principle in international law, related to indigenous peoples and is considered necessary in sectors like dam building, extractive industries, forestry, plantations, conservation, bio-prospecting and environmental impact assessment. While the right itself is clearly affirmed, the practicalities for non-State parties to adhere to it are less clear, and so initiatives to ensure FPIC are considered.
MiningWatch Canada is glad to share the announcement by Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq that the federal government will not approve Taseko Mines’ New Prosperity gold-copper project. The project, located in south-central British Columbia, was a modification of a previously rejected application. The decision was made after the company’s second proposal failed to address “significant adverse effects”.