23 Sep SIGA Named Provincial Operator of Online Gaming
Revenue sharing agreement established between FSIN, Province
September 23, 2021 – Treaty 4 Territory, Regina, SK – An amendment to the Gaming Framework Agreement (GFA) has been signed between the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) and the Province to establish the legal framework for a new online gaming site, which will be run by the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA), and an establishment of a revenue-sharing agreement between the two parties. The GFA amendment establishes a 50/50 revenue split between FSIN and the Province.
“The FSIN Chiefs-in-Assembly gave the mandate to secure this, and we are excited to finally have achieved it. Many hours, days, weeks, months, and years have gone into making this a reality. It makes it all worthwhile” said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. “This will bring in new revenue opportunities that will benefit our 74 First Nations communities. Even during the challenging COVID, pandemic, we are continuing to work hard to bring positive outcomes for our First Nations.”
“This is an important day for SIGA, as we continue to evolve with a changing gaming industry, and in our delivery of entertainment options for our customers,” said SIGA Chair Chief Reginald Bellerose. “The additional revenue opportunities from online gaming and sports betting, will only increase SIGA’s ability as a non-profit to positively impact employment, economic growth, positive community relations and financial self-reliance of First Nations in the province.”
Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, Minister Jim Reiter, is pleased that an agreement between the Province and FSIN has been reached. “The Province and FSIN have had a long and successful history as partners in casino gaming,” said Minister Reiter. “Over the years, SIGA has earned their reputation as a top-quality gaming organization and we’re excited to move forward with them on this new venture.”
SIGA has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation (SaskGaming), which establishes the general terms of SIGA operating and SaskGaming managing the new online site, which will feature online casino games and sports betting. The site is anticipated to launch in 2022.
“This new online gaming site will be a safe, regulated and secure platform that will fall under existing responsible gambling practices,” said Don Morgan, Minister Responsible for SaskGaming. “This site will have measures and resources in place to support players and protect privacy, while also contributing to the social and economic wellbeing of Saskatchewan.”
SIGA operates casinos in seven physical locations including 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 Kakawistahaw 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.
SIGA’s mission is to strengthen the lives of First Nation people through employment, economic growth, positive community relations and achieving financial self-reliance. A non-profit organization, all net profits from SIGA’s casino operations go to local First Nation communities, community development corporations and the province’s general revenue fund. Sharing Success with Saskatchewan communities. SIGA.ca