Self-Governance and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) Initiative

Self-Governance and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) Initiative

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Cultural Survival is pleased to announce its new Self-Governance and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) Initiative, a funding opportunity as part of the Keepers of the Earth Fund.  The primary purpose of the Self-Governance and FPIC Initiative is to empower Indigenous communities to utilize their traditional knowledge and governance structures, decision-making processes, and alliances with other communities, to develop strategic approaches to working with corporations and others encroaching on their lands and ways of life.

Historic and ongoing colonization has left Indigenous communities deeply scarred; their lands, cultures, and rights are systematically being stripped away by those looking to profit from the rich lands and territories of Indigenous Peoples.

Free, Prior, Informed Consent is a principle guaranteed by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  It is an important standard Indigenous Peoples can use to claim their rights to self-determination and participation in decision-making regarding any policy or project that may affect them. “In plain terms, FPIC is knocking on somebody’s door and asking for permission before you come in,” explains Grand Chief Ed John, of the Tl'azt'en First Nation in Canada. 

FPIC is now incorporated under various international agreements and voluntary policies of many institutions, and governments and corporations can no longer ignore these principles.

To further promote FPIC policy development, this initiative will strengthen Indigenous community organizing, capacity in policy formulation, and dialogue with government or corporate authorities. These grants will enhance Indigenous communities’ efforts to implement Self-Governance or FPIC strategies to protect their lands and natural resources.

Through its Keepers of the Earth Fund, Cultural Survival promotes Indigenous self-governance and capacity to exercise FPIC. For this initiative, grant applications will be accepted through August 15, 2017.

Download the application form and guidelines


For questions contact Jackie Tiller at or 617-657-1290.