Haldimand News – A unique process already underway on Six Nations land claims and rights will continue outside pending federal legislation intended to expedite resolutions for First Nations across Canada.“It’s not going to apply,” said federal negotiator Ron Doering after a recent meeting where Canada’s (appeasement) offer of $125 million to Six Nations was discussed. “We have our own separate mandate outside the claims policy.”
At the recent lands meeting, Doering reminded Six Nations representatives that the $125 million to release the four claims came with conditions including leaving Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia and agreeing, through community consensus, to a final deal on the four issues.Doering said Six Nations provided a formal response asking the federal government how it arrived at the $125 million amount. Later this month, federal representatives will give a presentation on Canada’s position on the Moulton and Burtch tracts. These are not large dollar claims, he said.