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September 20, 2015 | CTV News | Published News | Bruce Cheadle

Gabriel George, manager of culture and language for the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, gives a traditional greeting before a news conference in North Vancouver, B.C., as the Kinder Morgan Burnaby Terminal is seen behind him on Friday May 2, 2014. 

Photo: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press

OTTAWA -- Resource companies, financial institutions, First Nations and conservation groups have issued a new report that stresses the critical importance of getting the green light from indigenous communities before development can go ahead.

The study by the Boreal Leadership Council lays out principles for establishing free, prior and informed consent to resource projects, which it says is not only a legal imperative in Canada but also benefits both the affected communities and the companies involved....

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