Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Project Responsibilities
The course examines the significance of building empathic relationships and implementing impact assessment processes that are characterised by integrity, humility, and respect for the worldview of Indigenous Peoples. Additionally, the course covers what projects need to do to achieve outcomes focused on mutual benefits, avoidance of harm, and the enhancement of the wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples, guided by their own definitions and criteria.
These 10 self-paced sessions over 6 weeks take participants on a journey of understanding Indigenous Peoples’ rights within the context of project impact.
From international legal frameworks to Indigenous cultural heritage impacts, this course navigates the landscape of engagement, Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), ESIA, Impact-Benefit Agreements, benefit-sharing, and more.
We teach practical methods for managing the partnership between projects and impacted Indigenous Peoples. We explore how relationships can be maintained by understanding and empathising with Indigenous worldviews. Additionally, we examine how projects can be designed to benefit everyone involved, enhancing community resilience and adaptability to the social changes that are catalysed by large-scale projects.
Topics covered include:
- Who are Indigenous Peoples?
- International legal frameworks, standards and Indigenous rights
- Indigenous rights in national contexts
- Consultation & Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)
- Impact-Benefit Agreements
- ESIAs for projects on Indigenous lands and waters
- Indigenous cultural heritage impacts
- Health impacts
- Indigenous defenders