Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice wants to speed up talks to settle First Nations land claims, but don’t expect him to embrace Ontario 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. The planned June 29 nationwide day of protest by First Nations bands impatient with the slow-moving process shows the practice of decades-long legal delays may be running out of time.

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