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Could Ontario follow Quebec's lead on First Nations relations?

A new regional authority in Quebec will see a vast swath of the James Bay area jointly governmed by the Cree and non-aboriginal people living in the territory.

The deal between the provincial government and the Grand Council of the Crees is the first in Canada.

Quebec Premier Jean Charest says it's something that other provinces should be studying closely.

And some people in Northwestern Ontario are already suggesting that a similar deal could ease tensions between First Nations and mining companies in the Ring of Fire.

Bill Gallagher is a lawyer and a strategist with a long history of watching resource deals with First Nations.

Here's his conversation with VN's Cathy Alex.

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