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A global database
About us

FAIME is an online collection of global experts available to provide services to organizations that support Indigenous communities and other communities affected by mining

Santo Antônio Dam, Morro do Ouro Mine near Paracatu, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Samarco Mine, Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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Antamina Tailings Dam in the Ancash Region of Peru

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Córrego do Feijão Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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Mount Polley Mine, British Columbia, Canada

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Pit Mine, Butte, Montana, United States of America

OUR MISSION
Provide a shared database of credible, competent, and trustworthy experts to organizations that support Indigenous communities and other communities affected by mining
The Find An Independent Mining Expert (FAIME) database is an online collection of global experts available to provide services to organizations that support Indigenous communities and other communities affected by mining. FAIME securely catalogues individuals and groups that offer diverse skill sets to organizations that serve communities. It facilitates contact between experts, organizations, and communities that are seeking expertise.
The database seeks to increase access to scientific, socio-economic, legal and technical services to better prevent environmental, social and economic impacts of mining on behalf of non-industry clients. The information stored in the database is not public and is only accessible to primary project partners who have agreed to our privacy and confidentiality policies.
A Secure Database
FAIME provides a secure central database for organizations that support affected communities to find and hire an expert
A Tool for Experts
FAIME provides a tool for scientists and experts to offer their services to non-industry clients, such as non-governmental and Indigenous organizations
A Global Initiative
FAIME enables professionals to collaborate, share learning and develop opportunities more effectively, regardless of their location.
A Resource for Non-Industry Clients
FAIME increases access to scientific, socio-economic, legal, and technical services to better prevent impacts of mining on behalf of non-industry clients.
OUR vision

A world in which Indigenous communities and other mining-affected communities and organizations can access credible, competent and trustworthy experts

These experts could assist Indigenous and other mining-affected communities in addressing new and existing mining projects and policies affecting their territories and wellbeing.
This includes access to information, informed consultation and negotiation, and enforcement of rights, including to give or withhold consent (right to say no), and who are capable of working with respect for community and Indigenous Knowledge.
Supporting communities across the globe
FAIME works with global partners to support mining-affected communities across the world
our partnersFAQS

Mining and climate change

An emerging conflict exists between growing renewable energy generation and storage capacity – which is urgently needed to reduce anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions – and the destructive social and environmental effects resulting from the mining of the metals and minerals required to create that capacity. To mitigate that conflict, it is important to develop, promote, and enforce ways to reduce demand for both energy and materials, as well as to improve practices and instigate stricter regulation of mining and material uses.
Climate change is linked to extreme meteorological events and brings increased uncertainty and risks with regard to water scarcity and water quality. Now more than ever, mine waste safety must be addressed at both the project and policy levels. The FAIME database helps address these realities by connecting organizations and mining-affected communities with credible, competent and trustworthy experts available to provide needed support while ensuring transparency regarding their experience, expertise and ability to work with respect for local and Indigenous Knowledge.
OUR VALUES
Credibility
Scientific Integrity
Equity
Justice
Transparency
Self-Determination
OUR COMMITMENT

Our commitment to the rights of Indigenous Peoples

FAIME partners are committed to respect the inherent and internationally recognized rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the rights to self-determination and to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC), as provided in the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (ADRIP) and by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). FAIME partners recognize that, as a result of colonization, the doctrine of discovery and its legacy of discriminatory
legal and political systems, Indigenous Peoples have been forcefully dispossessed of their lands, territories, and resources. Indigenous Peoples do not view the lands, the ecosystems, the water, the plants, and the animals as simple ‘resources’ to be extracted, but as ‘gifts’ of the Creator that must be respected. Indigenous Peoples worldwide have sustained the greatest losses and violations of their rights from extractive activities and related businesses.

Indigenous & non-Indigenous
sciences working together

"Measures should be taken to ensure that Indigenous Peoples have access to studies on the potential human rights impact of proposed projects that would affect their territories; those studies should be conducted by independent entities in accordance with international standards and taking into account the Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge of their environment."
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples
Conducted visits in the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific and throughout the World from 2014 to 2020
"Given the inadequacies of the States’ environmental assessment processes, our Nations had to develop their own review process that was built on the principle of 'Walking on Two Legs,' based on our Nations' and on Western’s sciences and knowledge systems, in a way that respects our perspectives, laws, and customs. In this process, the knowledge and support from Western science experts, many of whom are now part of the FAIME database, was as crucial as those of our Elders, hunters, and medicine people, and of our rich collective knowledge and history that go back millennia"
kukpi7 (Chief) Ronald E. Ignace
Skeetchestn Indian Band and Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation (Canada)
“Dealing with one of the oldest, largest and most complex Superfund Sites in the country, LEAD Agency has struggled against federal and state agencies who have failed, over decades, to protect our communities from off-site exposure to contaminants.  With the help from both science and legal experts, who are now among those listed on the FAIME database, we have been able to push the agencies in a better direction, and advance our cleanup position in a more powerful way, bringing justice to this area where 10 tribes are impacted by these abandoned lead and zinc mines”
Earl Hatley (Missisquoi Band Abenaki Nation)
President LEAD Agency, Oklahoma, USA

Our team

The FAIME Management Committee consists of representatives from various FAIME partner organizations, technical experts who participate as observers, and FAIME operational staff members. The FAIME Management Committee supports the operations of the database and ensures adherence to FAIME's mission, vision, and values.

Lucie Bardos

MiningWatch Canada

FAIME Operational Manager

June L Lorenzo, j.d.

Western Mining Action Network Indigenous Caucus

FAIME Management Committee

Earl Hatley

Western Mining Action Network Indigenous Caucus

FAIME Management Committee

Jamie Kneen

MiningWatch Canada



FAIME Management Committee

Diana Martin

MiningWatch Canada

FAIME Management Committee

Alan Young

Center for Science in Public Participation (CSP2)

FAIME Management Committee

Dave Chambers, Ph.D., P. Geop

Center for Science in Public Participation (CSP2)

FAIME Management Committee

Ann Maest, Ph.D.

E-Tech international

FAIME Management Committee

Steven Emerman, Ph.D.

Malach Consulting

FAIME Management Committee

Dr. Anna
Cederstav

Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA)

FAIME Management Committee

David Cañas

Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA)

FAIME Management Committee

Javier Oviedo

Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA)

FAIME Management Committee

Gary Wilson

Solutionogenics

Consultant

Hannah Reid
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Solutionogenics

Consultant

Ugo Lapointe

The Firelight Group

Consultant

OUR COMMITMENT

Our commitment to respecting and adhering to UN Declaration standards

“Indigenous peoples have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for the development or use of their lands or territories and other resources … [including] their free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources.”

Article 32, UN Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples

“Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinctive spiritual relationship with their traditionally owned or otherwise occupied and used lands, territories, waters and coastal seas and other resources and to uphold their responsibilities to future generations in this regard.”

Article 25, UN Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples