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Call on Canada to safeguard the human rights of Indigenous peoples affected by resource development projects at home and abroad.

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Indigenous peoples have the right to make their own decisions about how and when their lands and resources will be used and developed.

This right of free, prior and informed consent or FPIC provides a vital safeguard for distinctive cultures and ways of life that have long been marginalized and discriminated against.

The right of FPIC is set out in numerous provisions of the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and in countless rulings and statements from international human rights bodies. The standard has been adopted by the International Financial Corporation – the arm of the World Bank responsible for private sector investment -  and endorsed by leading sectors of global industry.

Unfortunately, Canada has lagged behind these international standards. For years, the federal government denied any legal obligation to obtain the consent of Indigenous peoples - even when Canadian courts said otherwise. In contrast, the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau federal government has made numerous commitments, both direct and indirect, to support free, prior, and informed consent. It's crucial that they now prioritize turning these promises into action.

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Respecting consent of Indigenous peoples an urgent priority
Read an open letter to the Canadian government from Amnesty International Canada, Indigenous Peoples’ and civil society organizations saying it is time to end the colonial practice of imposing development decisions on Indigenous peoples.

Factsheet on Indigenous Peoples and Free, Prior and Informed Consent
Indigenous peoples have the right to make their own decisions to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ whenever governments or corporations propose actions that could impact their lives and futures. The exercise of this human right is known as "free, prior and informed consent" or FPIC.

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples sets out minimum standards for the “survival, dignity and well-being” of Indigenous peoples around the world.

 

 
 
 
 

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