Ottawa has offered $125 million to the Six Nations to settle four land claims in exchange for an end to the longstanding Caledonia dispute.”We feel this is a very significant offer” with a variety of conditions, chief federal negotiator Ron Doering said last night.

One condition is that there will be no final settlement until protesters move off the former housing development site in Caledonia, he said.

He also said Six Nations representatives must demonstrate a “strong consensus” in the community in support of the agreement, signalling no further occupations.

“The province made it clear they are impressed with Ottawa’s leadership in this offer,” he said. “We believe it demonstrates that Canada continues to do all it can to get a resolution of all of these claims.”

Last night, a Six Nations negotiator dismissed the offer and said natives have made it clear from the start of talks they only wanted land.

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