Indigenous Peoples have long been stewards of the land and our world’s natural resources. More than half of the resources needed to power the energy transition are located on or near land where Indigenous People live. Indigenous Peoples have the right to self-determination and to provide or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent on projects and activities to be carried out on their lands and territories.
Far too often, projects linked to auto supply chains are conducted on Indigenous Peoples’ territories without their consent, sometimes even displacing them from their ancestral lands. Extractive projects also pollute their resources, which affects these communities’ right to food, water, livelihoods, and culture. An equitable supply chain must respect Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination and Free, Prior and Informed Consent.