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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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Can Indigenous Community-Based Monitoring Act as a Tool for Sustainable Self-Determination?
Scientific Paper

2020 - English - Practical

Can Indigenous Community-Based Monitoring Ac...

David C. Natcher, Graeme Reed, Nicolas D. Brunet


This paper examines the implications of Indigenous community-based monitoring (ICBM) for Indigenous governance in resource extractive regions. The authors conclude by offering recommendations for the implementation of a sustainable self-determination lens for ICBM.

A Review of Indigenous Knowledge and Participation in Environmental Monitoring
Scientific Paper

This paper provides a critical review of how Indigenous peoples have been engaged in environmental monitoring processes. This paper also addresses how Indigenous peoples' participation influences monitoring outcomes, and how Indigenous knowledge and scientific knowledge is used in practice.

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 transi...

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 - Academic

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 ...

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 ...

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