Land claims body not so far fetched

Posted: May 25, 2007 in Caledonia, CN Rail, DCE, Deseronto, Home Grown Terrorism in Canada, June 29th 2007, Land claims, Natives, Terrorism, Terry Nelson

Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice has said he wants to speed up talks to settle First Nations land claims, but don’t expect him to embrace Premier Dalton McGuinty’s suggestion to set up an independent body to settle the nation’s 800 outstanding clams.There’s just too much at stake for the federal government to give an independent body that kind of power, and yet, the time has come for such a mechanism.

How First Nations’ frustration will manifest itself – on June 29 or otherwise – remains to be seen, but at least one band chief, Terry Nelson of the Roseau River First Nation in Manitoba, is making it clear what he has in mind. Said Nelson to CTV’s Newsnet: “There are only two ways of dealing with the white man. One, either you pick up a gun, or you stand between the white man and his money.”

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