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The McGuinty Government in Ontario has repeatedly slammed the door on first nations trying to establish their rights to negotiate development in their territories. This has created a confrontational situation that now threatens to throw mining and logging in the province into limbo. It didn’t have to be this way, says Doreen Davies, chief of the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation at Sharbot Lake in Eastern Ontario. The Shabot and the neighbouring Ardoch First Nations have always been ready to negotiate, she says, and with the province refusing to sit down with them, the only option left lies in legal action.