Is FPIC the next step in innovation for mining in Canada?

CIM Vancouver 2016
Ms Somia Sadiq (Environmental Planner - AECOM Canada Ltd. )
The concept of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is not new. Despite being first introduced in the 80s, and getting attention through the United Nations Declaration of Rights for Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) it still hasn’t quite made it into the reality of mining today. However, recently the Supreme Court of Canada’s Tsilhqot’in decision brought it in the spotlight. The outcome is an increase in community expectations, increased pressure on governments to legislate, pressure on industry to ‘do something’, and some initiatives already developed by other natural resource sectors. With the pressure building, how can the mining industry respond?

This presentation outlines some key perspectives on implementing FPIC :

• The nuts and bolts of FPIC, i.e., why it is important, yet difficult to do;
• Why industry may be shy;
• Role of ICMM and others in advancing FPIC; and
• How aspects of FPIC can be realized within mining projects with some innovation and creativity

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