‘Historic’ land claims shakeup in the works

Posted: May 21, 2007 in Caledonia, Corruption, DCE, Deseronto, Headlines, Ipperwash, June 29th 2007, Land claims, Natives, Terrorism

OTTAWA — Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice is contemplating fundamental changes to the way aboriginal land claims are settled and suggests the federal government will hand the job to an independent body.

Aboriginal groups have been threatening a summer of protest to highlight the slow process of settling land disputes.

“I take the entire situation very seriously,” he said. “Blockades are not in anyone’s interest. They harm innocent people and they do damage to aboriginal people … The worst thing, I think, is that they erode the goodwill that exists toward aboriginal people and the resolution of claims.”

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