Free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) is a key tenet of reconciliation, and a right of Indigenous Peoples that flows from and is inextricably linked to the inherent right of self-determination. It is a human right that is enshrined in international law, including the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Peoples, and a right which finds its basis in Indigenous laws and values. In Canada, FPIC is evolving quickly to become a necessary requirement of domestic law and policy.
Northern Public Affairs has decided to publish a digital edition that focuses on the important topic of FPIC, which we are excited to introduce through this video trailer that profiles some of the voices at the forefront of the movement for the human rights of Indigenous Peoples.
In the trailer we are honoured to feature a song by Chief Roger William of the Tsilhqot’in National Government sung at the Free, Prior, and Informed Consent Forum in Ottawa last May, as well as the work of Cree photographer Brendan Forward of Mistassini, Québec.
The people who have contributed to this issue, including AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde, ITK President Natan Obed, Chief Roger William of the Tsilhqot’in National Government, Romeo Saganash (MP for Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou), Dalee Sambo Dorough, Lorraine Land, Dr. Zacharias Kunuk, and Lloyd Lipsett, highlight the importance of fully incorporating the right to free, prior, and informed consent into Canadian law, policy, and administrative practice as a basic human right.
The digital issue will be released online on our updated website alongside our print edition in early May.
We hope you will enjoy and share the digital experience.◉
Photo: ‘Hunting,’ by Brendan Forward