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Rama chief confident casino will rebound

There have long been rumours and concerns about the fate of one of the region’s largest employers, but Casino Rama isn’t going anywhere, says Chippewas of Rama First Nation Chief Ted Williams. “That’s not going to happen,” he said in response to concerns about the casino closing permanently.

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First Nations Gaming

10/19/2020

article All bets are off as Casino Rama confronts an uncertain future
(Ontario) -- Like her fellow Casino Rama employees, Linda Barnett’s life changed abruptly when the gaming facility shut its doors mid-March in response to the...

10/16/2020

article Rama chief confident casino will rebound
(Ontario) -- There have long been rumours and concerns about the fate of one of the region’s largest employers, but Casino Rama isn’t going anywhere, says...

10/8/2020

article Dakota Dunes Casino opens new resort on 'historic day for our community'
(Saskatchewan) -- More than 11 years in the making, the Dakota Dunes Casino opened a $40 million, 120,000 square-foot resort addition on Thursday. "It’s a...

10/6/2020

article An Overstayed Welcome Has RCMP Hunting Two Individuals
(Saskatchewan) -- Swift Current Municipal RCMP officers are on the hunt for a pair of males who were apparently none too eager for their night out to come to an end. The...

9/29/2020

article Provinces can help First Nations generate more revenue by reducing regulation of casinos
(Alberta) -- If Canadian policymakers want to help First Nations generate more revenue and improve living standards, they should reduce regulation of the gaming industry...

8/19/2020

article Parking Lot Bingo draws players to the Fort William First Nation
(Ontario) -- Mountain Bingo on Fort William First Nation has found an innovative way to circumvent the COVID-19 pandemic. Months after the Ontario government shut down...

7/12/2020

article Province provides funding to help First Nations recover through SIGA
(Saskatchewan) -- The First Nations Trust and the Community Development Corporations, which rely on funds from the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority had their bank...

7/6/2020

article SIGA casinos set to reopen on July
(Saskatchewan) -- On the first day that casinos will be allowed to re-open under the reopening plan of the Saskatchewan province. SIGA will start up in a reduced...

7/2/2020

article SIGA spacing out slot machines, using virtual game tables to get back in business
(Saskatchewan) -- Gambling is going to be a different experience when casinos reopen in Saskatchewan next week. The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) is set to...

6/30/2020

article SIGA set to reopen with guests and staff to wear masks, complete screening
(Saskatchewan) -- The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) is ready to reopen its doors. All seven of its casinos will reopen to the public on July 9 at 6 p.m. In...

6/21/2020

article BUTT OUT: Chiefs slam Premier over plan to ban smoking in First Nations casinos
(Manitoba) -- First Nations organizations do not agree with Premier Brian Pallister’s announcement earlier this month on smoking being stomped out once gambling...

6/15/2020

article First Nation chiefs upset over Manitoba Premier's plan to ban smoking in gaming centres
(Manitoba) -- Premier Brian Pallister wants all Manitoba gamblers to butt out, but he could have a battle on his hands. "We are not going to be proceeding to reopen...

6/12/2020

article Casinos reopening with extra cleaning, distancing measures
(Alberta) -- There was a short line-up outside the River Cree Casino on Friday morning when the doors opened, with people eager to finally get inside. Casinos have been...

5/20/2020

article Indigenous owned casino closures costing millions
(Edmonton) -- While some businesses and recreational centres have already opened up across the country, casinos remain closed. One of those with their doors shut is the...

5/1/2020

article Most First Nations elementary schools to stay closed as Quebec moves to reopen
(Quebec) -- As Quebec plans to reopen elementary schools in the coming weeks, most First Nations-run schools in the province say they're staying closed for the...

4/16/2020

article SIGA prepared to protect guests when allowed to re-open
(Saskatchewan) -- While their properties across Saskatchewan are closed, the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) is telling patrons they will be taking...

4/14/2020

article Cree hotel finds a way to thank front line workers, give others hope during pandemic
(Alberta) -- A Cree owned hotel and casino near Edmonton has come up with a way to offer a bit of encouragement during the Covid-19 pandemic.The sign is aimed at front...

4/13/2020

article First Nations win court ruling on OLG casino revenue
(Ontario) -- The Superior Court of Justice has upheld a 2019 arbitration decision that Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation must honour all the terms of a casino...

3/30/2020

article SIGA properties to remain closed for the foreseeable future
(Saskatchewan) -- The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) has announced their properties will remain closed until further notice. In an email to paNOW, SIGA...

2/19/2020

article Osoyoos council will send letter of support for OIB casino
(British Columbia) -- Town of Osoyoos votes to support Osoyoos Indian Band casino plans. Without any discussion or dissention, Osoyoos town council voted unanimously...
article Proposed Osoyoos casino receives support from town council
(British Columbia) -- A request to support a proposed casino in Osoyoos received hearty backing from town council this week. On Tuesday, council voted to support the...
article Town of Osoyoos voices support for proposed casino
(British Columbia) -- The Town of Osoyoos threw its support behind a proposal to build a casino on Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) land during a council meeting on Feb. 18....

2/18/2020

article Osoyoos Indian Band seeks support for casino
(British Columbia) -- The Town of Osoyoos will today discuss the possibility of bringing a casino to the area. The Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) is requesting support from...

2/6/2020

article Alberta farmer wins jackpot at Gold Horse Casino in Lloydminster
(Saskatchewan) -- An Alberta farmer won the jackpot at Gold Horse Casino in Lloydminster. Dennis Scheck from Bodo, Alta., won $92,718 on Feb. 1 in SIGA’s first...

11/29/2019

article Former Tribal Chief Acquitted Of All Gambling Charges
(Canada) -- Former Sheshatsiu Innu First Nations Chief Andrew Penashue has been exonerated of all charges previously instituted against him by a local court in Happy-...

11/28/2019

article 'Just still so surreal': Saskatoon woman wins $1.3M jackpot at Gold Eagle Casino
(Saskatchewan) -- Debbie Vidal is the latest winner of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority's Smoke Signals jackpot, claiming $1,333,974.82 on Monday at Gold...

10/25/2019

article First Nations gambling revenue law passes legislature
(British Columbia) -- A law that sets aside a share of B.C.’s lottery revenues for First Nations communities has passed at the legislature, but with lingering...

10/7/2019

article Moosomin First Nation man inducted as Knight to Order of Saint George
(Ontario) -- A Moosomin First Nation man was recognized for his contributions to inter-governmental and race relations in Canada over the weekend. On Saturday, October 5...

9/25/2019

article Six Nations Elected Council spends $15 million in gaming funds
(Ontario) -- By Justin Lethbridge and Lynda Powless Writers For the first time in five years the Six Nations Elected Council (SNEC) has released a list of how it’s...

8/9/2019

article Lloydminster woman wins $1.8 million on slot machine
(Saskatchewan) -- The Gold Horse Casino in Lloydminster was golden for one woman this week. Brenda Lloyd hit it big earlier this week by winning more than $1.8 million...

7/21/2019

article Newly renovated Casino of the Rockies officially re-opens
(British Columbia) -- A new revitalized Casino of the Rockies at St. Eugene Resort was re-opened Friday, July 19. After months of extensive renovations, St. Eugene...

7/16/2019

article Gaming authority had a good year
(Saskatchewan) -- The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) is marking a successful year. For 2018-19 SIGA, which owns and operates seven casinos in the province...

7/15/2019

article SIGA's casinos reported a major profit in 2018-2019
(Saskatchewan) -- The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) is reporting that all seven of its casinos turned a profit last year, along with both casinos operated...

7/12/2019

article SIGA reports $262 million in revenue for 2018-19
(Saskatchewan) -- The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) is pleased to announce revenues of ­­­­­­­­­­­$262 million...

4/16/2019

article Gold Eagle Casino named top tourism employer
(Saskatchewan) -- A local casino has been honoured with a Saskatchewan Tourism Award of Excellence. The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority’s own Gold Eagle...

2/15/2019

article Liberals risk 'brand damage' over Wilson-Raybould controversy, says former Martin government official
(Ottawa) -- In the week since the SNC-Lavalin story broke, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has changed his talking points several times. After the story first hit, Trudeau...

2/10/2019

article SIGA on best places to work list
(Saskatchewan) -- The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority has been named to the 2019 list of Best Workplaces in Retail and Hospitality after an independent analysis by...

1/27/2019

article Grey Eagle casino expanding this spring
(Calgary) -- The Grey Eagle Resort and Casino is growing, with an expansion underway that should be completed sometime in the spring. The expansion will increase the...

1/26/2019

article First Nations want to be consulted on Quebec's long-gun registry
(Quebec) -- The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador says Quebec's approach to its soon-to-be implemented long-gun registry does not address First Nations...

1/19/2019

article First Nations lobby Ottawa for a bigger cut of the multibillion-dollar gambling business
(Ottawa) -- First Nations leaders want to carve out a bigger slice of Canada's multibillion-dollar gambling pie, and they are asking the Liberal government to change...

1/17/2019

article First Nations lobby Ottawa for a bigger cut of the multibillion-dollar gambling business
(Ottawa) -- First Nations leaders want to carve out a bigger slice of Canada's multibillion-dollar gambling pie, and they are asking the Liberal government to change...

1/16/2019

article No plans to move casino, chief says
(Manitoba) -- The chief of Swan Lake First Nation says she has every intention of keeping Sand Hills Casino where it is after learning that an online survey had been...

1/12/2019

article Lawsuit over Fort McMurray First Nation finances fuels protest outside band office
(Edmonton) -- An ongoing controversy over more than $1 million in payments made to band officials has disrupted a northern Alberta First Nation community, prompting a...

12/10/2018

article Tsawwassen First Nation chief makes World’s 100 Most Influential Young People in Government list
(Canada) -- It’s a nice bit of recognition, even though they got where he comes from wrong. The group Apolitical, a global policy platform, has named Tsawwassen...

11/17/2018

article Setbacks hit water treatment projects for Ontario First Nations
(Ontario) -- The filtered water station by the motel overlooking Attawapiskat Lake is the only place Neskantaga First Nation residents can get clean water for free. And...

10/22/2018

article BLOG: A Court Divided: The Duty to Consult Indigenous Peoples Does Not Apply to Law-Making Process
(Canada) -- On October 11, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) released its decision in Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada (Governor General in...

9/19/2018

article Gold Horse Casino hoping to open this year
(Saskatchewan) -- The Gold Horse Casino in Lloydminster is hoping to open its doors in December. Construction on the facility broke ground last year in June and ever...

9/6/2018

article Gold Eagle Casino gives boost to back to school program, other charities
(Saskatchewan) -- The Gold Eagle Casino in North Battleford gave its support to the local community once again Wednesday, through the annual SIGA Day of Sharing campaign...

8/21/2018

article Gold Eagle Casino picks up international awards
(Las Vegas) -- Gold Eagle Casino recently was honoured with two international marketing awards, for the third straight year. The awards that were for excellence in...

7/16/2018

article Indigenous housing providers raise alarms about future of federal funding deals
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous social housing providers will soon push the federal government to rethink plans to overhaul their funding arrangements because they worry the...

3/19/2018

article No Plans for Casino Development in Brandon Despite Tribal Agreement
(Manitoba) -- The City of Brandon reached a historic agreement with the Gambler First Nation in western Manitoba for establishing an urban reserve within the city....

1/30/2018

article Great Canadian Gaming Lays Out Casino Expansion Plans for Great Blue Heron Casino
(Ontario) -- In a Monday press release, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation and Brookfield Business Partners unveiled their ambitious casino expansion plan for Great Blue...

1/29/2018

article Expansion plans in works for Great Blue Heron Casino
(Ontario) -- A new hotel, live entertainment and additional room for more slot machines and table games are all in the cards for the Great Blue Heron Casino.
article Expansion, redevelopment in the cards for Scugog Island casino
(Ontario) -- A new hotel, live entertainment and additional room for more slot machines and table games are all in the cards for the Great Blue Heron Casino. The...
article OGGLP and Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation Set Plans Into Motion for the the New Great Blue Heron Casino
(Ontario) -- Today, the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation ('MSIFN') held an event to officially announce the signing of a redevelopment agreement with...

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