Mmm, who knew this topic could get a strong reaction from you all.
Agreed. Land claim issues isn't as simple as 'give back land to their original owners'. Canada does have a black mark in land claim issues and Aboriginal rights in the past, where they weren't always treated with respect that every human being deserves. Property and rights have been revoked from them, and how others have taken it can be called ruthless.
Land has been given back to Aboriginal populations in the form of reserves and they are also given the right to self-government. But this land claim issue in Ontario is more than just 'taking back land that was ours'. That land may have been previously owned by Aboriginals, but often these land claims contain important resources for large urban/rural populations in provinces.
Canada may be a vast country with natural resources that seem abundant but that's pretty much far from it. Some land claims have fallen in areas with large bodies of water that is needed for a city but cannot be accessed due to land claims.
Think about it. Ontario has one of the largest, if not the most populous province in Canada. Where are they going to get the resources they need to survive, if not from within their own borders? Land claims may stem from being poor, but so aren't others in Canada? Land claims may stem from the fact that 'it was always ours' but isn't that a little selfish?
The government has already fullfilled much of their land claims so how much more land can the government give away before there's nothing left for everybody else?