The largest settlement to date is $43.3 billion for children on reserves taken into foster care by welfare authorities.
Most First Nations are in remote locations where natural resource development is the only likely source of economic advancement.
Westbank took investment decisions away from chief and council and gave them to a more independent board.
Next week, Ottawa will make a decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
Leasing band land to generate own-source revenue is a crucial factor in First Nation prosperity.