Let’s Make a Deal? Learning from Extractive Industry Negotiations with Indigenous Peoples


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 3:00 to 5:00 pm, Washington, DC and online

WHERE: Oxfam America Office, 1101 17th St NW, Suite 1300, Washington, DC 20036

WHAT: Often indigenous peoples faced with the possibility of an oil, gas or mining project on their traditional lands find themselves excluded from decision making by government and corporate project developers. Yet in many cases, these projects have devastating environmental, social, and human rights impacts on their lands and resources. Thankfully, policy changes in some countries have led to legal frameworks conducive to fairer negotiations processes which allow for more participatory impact identification and increased benefit sharing. Have these changes led to better outcomes for the communities sitting at the negotiations table? And what can other countries and sectors learn from these outcomes?

Oxfam, Conservation International, and Rainforest Foundation invite you to attend a panel discussion with Ciaran O’ Faircheallaigh, Professor at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, who will highlight some of the key findings from his recent book Negotiations in the Indigenous World: Aboriginal Peoples and the Extractive Industry in Australia and Canada. Professor O’ Faircheallaigh has over two decades of experience working with indigenous peoples on agreement making, and will share key findings from his analysis of 45 negotiations between indigenous peoples and mining companies in Australia and Canada. Discussants will comment on their varied experiences with negotiation processes around extractive industry projects and will consider the potential for drawing on best practice from industrialized countries for application to developing countries.


  • Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh, Griffith University, Australia
  • Anne Marie Sam, First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining, Canada
  • Vichet Mong, Highlanders Association, Cambodia
  • Prabindra Shakya, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
  • Ximena Warnaars, Ford Foundation, USA (moderator)

To view the recording of this event, please click HERE

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