Ottawa is offering Six Nations $125 million to settle three land claims in exchange for ending the 15-month occupation of a former housing development in Caledonia.

The offer was presented to Six Nations representatives yesterday and was conveyed to Haldimand County Mayor Marie Trainer last night by federal negotiator and former Mulroney cabinet minister Barbara McDougall.

The mayor also said Six Nations would be permitted to keep the former Burtch Correctional facility in Brant County, near Mount Pleasant. In exchange, Ottawa wants natives who took over the Douglas Creek Estates 15 months ago to leave and it also wants assurances there will be no more occupations.

While the mayor was hopeful, some natives at the table have consistently said in recent months they are only interested in the land and not a cash settlement.

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