Shauna Bear Memorial Scholarship for Aspiring Indigenous Human Resources Professionals

The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority remembers the loss of a member of the SIGA family, with the passing of former Vice President (VP) of Human Resources (HR), Shauna Bear. Shauna, passed away on Sunday, August 15, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer.


She began her career with SIGA in 2000, at the Northern Lights Casino (NLC) as a Human Resources Officer. During her time with NLC, Shauna worked diligently with the HR team and her hard work paid off with her earning more senior positions, which landed her at the corporate office in the role of Manager, then Director of Employee Relations — a job that she was made for.


In 2010, Shauna went on to become VP of Human Resources — realizing her dream of leading SIGA’s HR team — a role she stayed in until her passing. Shauna proudly spoke about her HR team and the work they do and how happy it made her to be able to support the employees at SIGA casinos. As VP, Shauna’s contribution to the success of this department, and the overall success of SIGA, cannot be understated.


Shauna’s strength was in her compassionate and caring attitude and, when combined with her Human Resources expertise, it made her one of the best professionals to run SIGA’s HR department.


Shauna took her strength from her family. For her, this included her immediate and extended family. Her children, Justice and Shaenah, were her pride and joy and her husband Shane was her partner and soulmate. Shauna loved her big extended family, which included, the Bear and Montgrand families. And of course — her SIGA family. Her work with SIGA gave her purpose. Shauna took joy in all of them.


SIGA and Shauna Bear’s family are honouring her memory with multiple scholarships set at varying amounts for Indigenous students in her honour. We are looking for students who embody the legacy that Shauna has left behind in the spirit of lifelong learning, creating spaces for Indigenous Peoples, and for those passionate in pursuing Human Resources professions.



  • Member of a recognized First Nations, Inuit, or Métis band or community in Canada.
  • Enrolled in a full-time program at a Saskatchewan post-secondary institute.
  • Not an employee of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority.
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