Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) is mentioned several times in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. What does it mean? How is it applied in Canada in relationship to resource development and First Nations, Metis, and Inuit? How does it relate to the Duty to Consult? Is it only ‘aspirational’? What are the issues that are arising? How can ‘settler peoples” stand in solidarity (e.g. responsible investment) with First Peoples in upholding FPIC?
John Dillon will provide an overview of the concept of FPIC, and together the presenters will explore the questions posed. Barbara Wilson, acting as moderator, will also speak to issues that Haida Nation and other BC First Nations are facing, particularly in respect to the Northern Gateway pipeline. Gkisedtanamoogk will bring the perspective of his Wanabaki people in relation to fracking in New Brunswick.
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