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A global database
Indigenous Guidance

FAIME operates with respect for Indigenous Knowledge and wisdom, and supports self determination for Indigenous communities

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

Samarco Mine, Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil


Antamina Tailings Dam in the Ancash Region of Peru


Córrego do Feijão Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil


Mount Polley Mine, British Columbia, Canada


Pit Mine, Butte, Montana, United States of America

our commitment
Indigenous communities and mining
Globally, Indigenous communities are disproportionately affected by mining operations. Mineral deposits, including energy transition minerals and metals (ETM's), tend to be located within close proximity to, or on, Indigenous lands. It is projected that the demand for ETM’s will increase in the coming decades to support a transition away from fossil fuels. At the time, mining impacted lands hold significant cultural, ecological, and economic value and are central to Indigenous communities' way of life.
At its heart, FAIME supports community-led decision making. FAIME experts can help Indigenous communities make informed decisions about mining projects impacting their traditional and ancestral territories, economies, cultural heritage and knowledge systems. FAIME is committed to honouring Indigenous knowledge and wisdom, and looks to Indigenous advisors on its management and advisory committees for guidance on best practices and operations.
Supporting communities across the globe
FAIME works with global partners to support mining-affected communities across the world
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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 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