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Haida Gwaii legacy pole stands tall after being raised in Gwaii Haanas August 15, 2013.
Haida Gwaii legacy pole stands tall after being raised in Gwaii Haanas August 15, 2013.
(John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Brian Lee Crowley

First Nations have a say in resource development, not a veto

Duty to consult and accommodate. Remember those five words. Properly applied, they could help usher in a new era of co-operation between First Nations and natural resource development. Ignored or disregarded by governments, or used to raise unrealistic expectations of unlimited aboriginal power, they could herald a period of discord, mistrust and lost opportunity – including for indigenous people.