Northern Public Affairs is pleased to publish this Letter from the Editors from the upcoming print edition of Volume 4, Issue 2 on the Indigenous right to free, prior and informed consent. A free digital edition of this issue will be released in the coming days.
In this issue of Northern Public Affairs we are honoured to share a collection of articles by political leaders, activists, lawyers, practitioners, and scholars who are committed to a future for Canada and Indigenous Peoples based on the principles of reconciliation and respect for self-determination as a basic human right. Their vision calls for Canadians to fully consider the meaning and consequences of reconciliation achieved through the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, including the full and meaningful implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the UN Declaration or Declaration) and the right to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) in Canadian law, policy, and administration.
FPIC is the right of Indigenous Peoples to say “no” to the imposition of decisions that would further compound the marginalization, impoverishment, and dispossession to which they have been subjected through colonization. FPIC is also the power to say “yes” to mutually beneficial initiatives that can promote healthy and vital Indigenous communities for the benefit of present and future generations.