31 Aug SIGA is contributing $1.3 million into its Community Investment Program this year.
One $100K for portable MRI machine for children announced as one of several major sponsorships planned for 2023-24.
August 31, 2023 – Saskatoon, SK – Children in the province will be able to access MRI scans more quickly thanks to a $100,000 donation by the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) to purchase a new portable pediatric MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine.
SIGA was recognized as a major donor at the Synergy 8 Drive for Kids Dinner, which was held the evening of August 29th in support of a million-dollar campaign for a portable pediatric MRI Machine for the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital. The Hospital, located in Saskatoon, provides specialized health care for children throughout the province.
“The new MRI machine will ensure that families have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to be able to assist in a thorough and prompt prognosis of the child, at the point of care, enabling bedside imaging of children with various clinical conditions.” said SIGA President & CEO Zane Hansen.
The MRI sponsorship is one of many sponsorships by SIGA, in the province, this year.
SIGA, as a non-profit corporation, has a unique revenue distribution model, which reinvests all net revenue back into Saskatchewan. Casino net revenue is redistributed – 50 per cent to the First Nations Trust (which is distributed to the 74 First Nations in the province), 25 per cent to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) which reinvests the money back into local community initiatives and 25 per cent to the provincial General Revenue Fund.
In addition to the CDCs, SIGA earmarks $1.3 million annually for its Community Investment Program which sponsors community-level events, programming, and fundraising initiatives throughout the province.
This year so far, SIGA has already sponsored almost 300 events and initiatives in monetary or in-kind support.
“It is important to SIGA that we honour our guiding principle of Wîtaskêwin, which speaks to the concept of sharing our land or in today’s terms, sharing resources. This value directs us to give back the communities where we live and work,” said Vice President of Corporate Affairs Patricia Cook.
Top Ten (in monetary value) SIGA Community Investments for 2023-2024
- Tony Cote First Nations Winter Games: $125,000
- Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation (MRI machine): $100,000
- Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) Urban First Nations Services Inc. (Emergency Wellness Centre): $100,000
- First Nations University of Canada (Spring Celebration Pow Wow): $25,000
- Rock Your Roots “The Walk for Reconciliation”: $10,000
- Ronald McDonald House Adopt a Room: $10,000
- Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre: $10,000
- Fred Sasakamoose “Chief Thunderstick” National Hockey Championship: $10,000
- Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan: $10,000
To learn more about SIGA’s Community Investment Program or to apply for sponsorship visit https://www.siga.ca/sponsorship/
For more information, please contact:
Director of Communications & Media Relations
Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority
SIGA operates seven casinos and the online gaming site PlayNow.com. Casinos include Dakota Dunes Resort & Casino on Whitecap Dakota First Nation near Saskatoon, the Northern Lights Casino on the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in Prince Albert, Gold Eagle Casino on the Mosquito First Nation in North Battleford, Living Sky Casino on the Nekaneet First Nation in Swift Current, the Painted Hand Casino on the Kahkewistahaw First Nation in Yorkton, the Bear Claw Casino on the White Bear First Nation near Carlyle and Gold Horse Casino on Little Pine Cree Nation in Lloydminster.