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SIGA reports $262 million in revenue for 2018-19

July 11, 2019 – Saskatoon, SK – The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) is pleased to announce revenues of $262 million with net earnings of $82.5 million for the 2018-19 fiscal year. View and download our annual report at sigaannualreport.ca.

‘It is through strong ties with loyal patrons and the hard work of our employees that we have achieved the success we have today and we’re able to share that success with Saskatchewan communities,’ says Zane Hansen, SIGA President and CEO.

As a non-profit corporation, 100 per cent of SIGA’s profits are distributed to our beneficiaries in Saskatchewan. SIGA is owned by Saskatchewan’s 74 First Nations and reports our financial and operational performance to our shareholders and the public.

Profits generated from SIGA’s operations are administered by the Province of Saskatchewan:

  • 50 per cent is shared with the First Nations Trust, which is distributed to Saskatchewan First Nation communities;
  • 25 per cent is shared with regional Community Development Corporations, which are situated in the casino locations and fund local initiatives;
  • 25 per cent is shared with the provincial government’s General Revenue Fund.

On top of these returns, we also invested $1.3 million into more than 500 local organizations across Saskatchewan through our Community Investment Program in 2018-19.

SIGA’s President and CEO speaks to our strong sense of purpose as an organization as the foundation for our success:

‘As we look ahead – only one year out from celebrating a major milestone, 25 years in business – we reflect on how far we’ve come. From about 500 employees and four casinos to close to 2,000 employees and seven casinos – with a 64 per cent First Nation workforce. We’ve been able to build this success by maintaining a resolute focus on our ‘why,’ our purpose – to create opportunity and to help strengthen the lives of First Nation people.’

SIGA continues to be a leader in Canada’s gaming industry, offering a distinct First Nation entertainment experience that reflects the traditional aspects of First Nation heritage and hospitality. SIGA is also one of the largest employers of First Nation people in Canada, employing close to 2,000 people, 64 per cent of which are First Nation.

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For more information, please contact:

Kailey Lavallee
Communications Specialist
Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority
kailey.lavallee@siga.sk.ca
306-477-7376

Or

Melody Lynch
Director of Communications
Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority
melody.lynch@siga.sk.ca
306-477-7575
M: 306-250-7235

About SIGA

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.

SIGA Casino locations

  • Bear Claw Casino & Hotel (White Bear First Nation) near Carlyle
  • Dakota Dunes Casino (Whitecap Dakota First Nation) near Saskatoon
  • Gold Horse Casino (Border Tribal Council) in Lloydminster, SK
  • Gold Eagle Casino (Mosquito First Nation) in North Battleford
  • Living Sky Casino (Nekaneet First Nation) in Swift Current
  • Northern Lights Casino (Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation) in Prince Albert
  • Painted Hand Casino (Kahkewistahaw First Nation) in Yorkton

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SIGA reports $262 million in revenue for 2018-19 – Yorkton This Week

July 12, 2019

The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) is pleased to announce revenues of ­­­­­­­­­­­$262 million with net earnings of $82.5 million for the 2018-19 fiscal year. View and download the annual report at sigaannualreport.ca.

‘It is through strong ties with loyal patrons and the hard work of our employees that we have achieved the success we have today and we’re able to share that success with Saskatchewan communities,’ says Zane Hansen, SIGA President and CEO.

As a non-profit corporation, 100 per cent of SIGA’s profits are distributed to our beneficiaries in Saskatchewan. SIGA is owned by Saskatchewan’s 74 First Nations and reports our financial and operational performance to our shareholders and the public.

Read More: https://www.yorktonthisweek.com/regional-news/siga-reports-262-million-in-revenue-for-2018-19-1.23882763

Flying Dust First Nation receives funding for water research and restoration project – meadowlakeNOW

Jul 11, 2019

Flying Dust First Nation has received funding to monitor and improve the water quality of nearby Meadow Lake and the Meadow River.

The $150,000 for the project comes from the federal government’s environmental damages fund, which is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The fund, which was created in 1995, receives money through environmental fines, court orders and voluntary payments to carry out beneficial environmental programs in communities across the country.

Read More: https://meadowlakenow.com/2019/07/11/flying-dust-first-nation-receives-funding-for-water-research-and-restoration-project/

Canada’s Premiers Engage Federal Party Leaders

SASKATOON, SK, July 11, 2019 – Through their collaborative efforts, Premiers are working to improve the lives of Canadians. Recognizing the decision facing Canadians this fall leading up to the federal election, Premiers have written to federal party leaders outlining a number of priorities important for the country.

Premiers released a letter they sent to the federal party leaders.

Canadians can learn more at www.canadaspremiers.ca.

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Media enquiries may be directed to:

Jim Billington
Director of Communications and Press Secretary Office of the Premier
Government of Saskatchewan
(306) 787-0425
jim.billington@gov.sk.ca

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Premiers Committed to Economic Competitiveness and Responsible Resource Development

SASKATOON, SK, July 11, 2019 – Premiers agreed on the importance of balancing environmental stewardship with economic growth and competitiveness. They emphasized the need for a clear, predictable and timely environmental assessment process and for provinces and territories to be directly involved in federal legislative or regulatory development. Premiers stressed the important role of strategic infrastructure in getting Canadian goods, services and natural resources to markets and creating jobs.

Environmental Assessment and Federal Policy Initiatives
Premiers discussed the need to ensure the environment is protected as Canada’s economy grows. The responsible development of natural resources will provide opportunities for growth and prosperity, while also assuring protection for Canada’s water, air and land.

Provinces and territories have clear jurisdiction over the development of natural resources. They have developed world-class regulatory regimes that balance environmental protection and economic and labour growth. Premiers urged the federal government to work with provinces and territories on an ongoing basis to ensure a transparent and coordinated approach to environmental assessment across Canada.

Premiers expressed a variety of views on the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, the Impact Assessment Act, the Act to Amend the Fisheries Act and the Act to Amend the Oceans Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act. Some Premiers expressed concern that these new federal laws would not provide the predictability and streamlined process required to ensure that economically beneficial, environmentally responsible projects are approved and built in Canada. They felt that these laws, combined with the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, would severely affect Canada’s global competitiveness and its ability to reach growing new markets, such as the Asia-Pacific region.

However, all Premiers were unanimous in renewing their call for full implementation of the principle of “one project, one assessment.” They again urged the federal government to employ transparent, predictable and consistent decision-making criteria that:

  • respect the jurisdiction of provinces and territories, including exclusive jurisdiction for resource development, the robust regulatory capacity of jurisdictions, and cumulative impacts on provincial and territorial lands;
  • balance consideration of direct project impacts;
  • include clear engagement requirements throughout all phases of the impact assessment process, with particular recognition paid to engagements involving Indigenous peoples;
  • provide details on expectations and operations of each phase of the assessment process;
  • respect the role of joint management regimes relating to the offshore in Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia; and,
  • adhere to rigorously managed timelines so that major projects stay on track and are not jeopardized due to unnecessary and costly delays.

Timelines for environmental assessment processes must be globally competitive with comparable international jurisdictions with similarly robust environmental regimes.

Premiers emphasized the importance of directly involving provincial and territorial governments in the development of regulations and policies for the implementation of environmental assessment legislation so as to ensure certainty for all parties in the regulatory process.

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic: Mobile training labs fueling the advancement of trades certification

Classrooms have reached beyond their bricks and mortar boundaries, reaching students from La Loche in the northwest to Estevan in the southeast, thanks to three state-of-the-art Saskatchewan Polytechnic mobile training labs.

Since the first mobile training lab was deployed 13 years ago, 31 communities have welcomed them, and hundreds of students have set foot inside as they worked towards careers in the trades, including welding, electrician, machinist and industrial mechanics. Today, three mobile training labs bring a variety of trades training to rural and remote communities across Saskatchewan.

Dan Duperreault, associate dean of the School of Transportation and School of Construction, says the impact today aligns with the original vision for the training labs. “Thirteen years ago, our dean at the time had a vision of bringing training to communities versus the community members coming into our metropolitan centres. Right from the get-go, the intention was bringing training to remote locations.”

The labs provide 1,100 square feet of space and can accommodate up to 12 students. Each lab is outfitted with advanced equipment, tools and training aids and can be set up as a classroom or workshop, depending on program requirements.

The labs make training more accessible for students who are unable to move to urban centres and they increase the participation of Indigenous students. The participating communities and their local industries also reap the benefits, says Duperreault.

“Quite often the students who come to the city for training might not go back home to work. A lot of the small communities struggle to find people to work because the students often want to move to the city. When they’re trained at home, and able to stay at home, they’re more likely to stay there after they complete their training.”

Local industry also benefits because employers don’t have to send their employees away for training—they can continue working in their chosen trade and upgrade their skills through evening or weekend classes.

“We’re not displacing students,” says Duperreault. “We’re not asking them to start paying rent for weeks or months at a time in a community they’re not familiar with. They get to stay at home with their families and learn right there.”

Sask Polytech partners with regional colleges and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) to expand the impact of trades training outside of urban centres. “We have requests from regional colleges to run programs like industrial mechanics and welding, so the mobile training labs would go to a location for 17 weeks and when the program ends, we call it back home or send it to a second location for the second half of the year,” says Duperreault.

One unique partnership with SIIT stands out in Duperreault’s mind. An instructor from SIIT wanted to bring an introductory to trades program to five different northern communities in 10 weeks, so one of the labs was dispatched. “It had high school students (training) during the day and community members training at night. It was a huge success.”

One of the labs will be on the road again this July, when it makes a pit stop at Ag in Motion—Western Canada’s largest agricultural trade show, held outside Saskatoon. It will be used for student recruitment, showcasing six of Sask Polytech’s trade programs.

Welding and auto body (painting) VR simulators on board will allow visitors to test drive a new trade—and perhaps fuel some interest in a career that will lead them back to one such mobile training lab.

For more information, contact:

Brianna Bergeron
Communications
306-250-3978 (cell)
brianna.bergeron@saskpolytech.ca

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Premiers Committed to Action on Climate Change, Disaster Mitigation

SASKATOON, SK, July 11, 2019 – Climate change is a global threat, with immediate and long-lasting, tangible impacts on the natural environment, public health and safety, as well as on infrastructure and the economy. Premiers reiterated the importance and urgency of timely action and their commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to move towards achieving Canada’s Paris Agreement targets and to ensure all jurisdictions are responsive, adaptive and resilient to the effects of climate change.

Premiers discussed the unique climate change plans of each jurisdiction. Premiers agreed that provinces and territories must retain the ability to design climate change plans that reflect their distinct needs and priorities. This is consistent with both the Québec Declaration (April 2015), supported by all provinces and territories, and the Vancouver Declaration (March 2016) signed by all First Ministers. Canada’s industries are leading the world in sustainable innovation, lowering emissions, enhancing sequestration and addressing climate change. Premiers call on the federal government to support emission credit trading across international borders and work with provinces and territories on a strategic approach to finalize the rules under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. This includes ensuring provinces and territories get full credit for reductions resulting from actions in their jurisdictions. They also discussed the need for sufficient federal funding to be available in a timely fashion to support local adaptation and mitigation priorities, including the balance of the Low Carbon Economy Fund to each province and territory equitably.

Natural Disaster Mitigation, Adaptation and Assistance
Natural disasters can strike anywhere and no Canadian is immune to their potential effects. Wildfires, floods, and permafrost thaw are happening more frequently and their severity is increasing. Canadians expect their governments to make every effort to prepare for, and respond to, those events and mitigate their consequences on health, homes and the economy.

Provincial and territorial governments are responsible for emergency management within their respective jurisdictions; through hands on experience of local issues, strategic knowledge of the territory and expertise in emergency response, they are the best suited to coordinate natural disaster management, in collaboration with Indigenous partners and municipalities. The federal government must support the capacity and ability of provinces and territories to cope with disasters; the federal government also has a responsibility to support Indigenous communities. However, these roles are undermined by the limited scope of current federal programs meant to address climate change, adaptation measures and disaster mitigation efforts. Premiers call for the restoration of the lower pre-2015 threshold for accessing Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements funding and agree that funding related to natural disaster mitigation, adaptation and resilience should be adequate, flexible, timely, streamlined, and enable provinces and territories to respond to the needs in their jurisdiction, considering the variability in the frequency and type of disasters affecting individual provinces and territories.

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Media enquiries may be directed to:

Jim Billington
Director of Communications and Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
Government of Saskatchewan
(306) 787-0425
jim.billington@gov.sk.ca

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Don’t look back: First Nations athletes learn what’s behind the Lance Run – CBC

Lance Run stops in Saskatoon on the way to Meadow lake

Jul 11, 2019

Kailey Sylvestre jumped at the chance to be apart of an annual lance run when first heard about the event.

Two people from the Meadow Lake Tribal Council had come to her school in Meadow Lake to talk about the lance run — where runners bring a feathered lance, relay-style, from the previous hosting community to the next.

“I knew I wanted to go first thing,” Sylvestre said. “Everything my parents told me about the cultural stuff that you learn along the way, meeting new people and just learning about your culture and spirits and everything.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/lance-run-saskatoon-meadow-lake-1.5207647

Mustard up the courage! Relish in the glory! Gold Eagle Casino celebrates National Hot Dog Day with first Hot Dog Eating Championship and BBQ

July 10, 2019 – North Battleford, SK – Competitors are gearing up to chow down at Gold Eagle Casino’s first ever Hot Dog Eating Championship! Gold Eagle is hosting the eating championship and hot dog BBQ to celebrate National Hot Dog Day with the food catered by local meat shop B & D Meats.

‘We strive to host a wide variety of exciting and entertaining events for our guests,’ said Kelly Atcheynum, General Manager, Gold Eagle Casino. ‘This new hot dog eating championship is just one example of this, all the while getting donations that’ll support The Lighthouse in the Battlefords. Spectators are welcome to attend.’

The National Hot Dog Day celebration is next Wednesday, July 17. The Hot Dog Eating Championship will kick things off at 12:30 p.m. with the BBQ to follow in the parking lot of the Gold Eagle Casino, in the tents next to the main entrance doors. Show us your Players Club card and enjoy the free hot dog BBQ.

Registered contestants will show off their competitive eating skills to compete for a total of

$1,000 in cash prizes. They will have five minutes to consume as many hot dogs as they can and the top three contestants will be paid out. First place receives $500, second place receives $300, and third place receives $200.

All seats in the hot dog eating championship are filled; however, there is lots of room for spectators and an opportunity to support a good cause. Gold Eagle will donate proceeds from the event to The Lighthouse Supported Living serving the Battlefords, and a donation table will also be set up on site for community support. Participating competitors are also asked to bring two non-perishable food items.

For more information visit http://goldeaglecasino.ca. Gold Eagle Casino, one of seven casinos owned and operated by SIGA, is open from 9 a.m. daily and is located in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.

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For more information, contact:
Kailey Lavallee
306-477-7376
Kailey.Lavallee@siga.sk.ca

OR

Kelly Atcheynum
General Manager
306-446-3833
kelly.atcheynum@siga.sk.ca

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How First Nation aid may have helped spur an RCMP arrest in the Jessica Cameron homicide case – CBC

‘The relationship we’ve had with the RCMP can definitely serve as a model,’ says Beardy’s band member

Jul 11, 2019

A Saskatchewan First Nation is applauding the RCMP for its collaborative approach during a weekend homicide investigation that swiftly culminated in a man’s arrest.

On Sunday, the RCMP’s Rosthern detachment charged Jamie Smallchild, 25, with second-degree murder in the death of his domestic partner Jessica Cameron, 33.

After the discovery of Cameron’s body in a van near Beardy’s First Nation early Saturday morning, the RCMP reached out to the leadership at Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, a large First Nation located about 80 kilometres north of Saskatoon.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/how-first-nation-aid-may-have-helped-spur-an-rcmp-arrest-in-the-jessica-cameron-homicide-case-1.5207065

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