Free, Prior and Informed Consent - FPIC, Mining and Indigenous Peoples


FPIC and Indigenous Peoples panel members included (Left to Right) Jerry Asp of the Tahltan Nation (BC), Lawrence Baxter of Marten Falls First Nation, Raymond Ferris, former chief of Constance Lake First Nation


Mining, FPIC and Indigenous Peoples


Shared Value Solutions recently supported a panel discussion of Indigenous community leaders at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada 2016 Conference (PDAC 2016) in Toronto on March 8, 2016.  Panel members included Jerry Asp of the Tahltan Nation (B.C.), Lawrence Baxter of Marten Falls First Nation (Ontario), and Raymond Ferris, former chief of Constance Lake First Nation.
Panel members related their understanding of what Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC - under the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) means to them and what it requires of mining companies proposing projects in Indigenous territories.

Five Recommendations from These Indigenous Leaders on Mining, FPIC and Indigenous Peoples: 

  1. Spend time and resources to build lasting relationships
  2. Listen to and incorporate communities' traditional ecological knowledge- it should be mandatory under Environmental Assessments
  3. Respect and follow consultation and environmental protocols communities have in place
  4. Start the agreement-making process for community benefits and economic participation early - well before starting an Environmental Assessment
  5. Have reasonable timelines for consultation and respond quickly to community information requests.


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