Southwestern Casino Site Lease Negotiations Discontinued
Manitoba News Release
April 27, 2009
Winnipeg — Despite best efforts to develop a First Nations owned and operated casino in southwestern Manitoba, the negotiations between the site’s sponsoring group and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) have reached an impasse. Talks stalled over the AMC and Manitoba’s longstanding position that any new casino development would be owned equally by all First Nations with revenue shared equally among them.”During the 2003 review of casino development policies many First Nations people and communities said that the process in 2000 was divisive and unfair to the majority of Manitoba First Nations,” said Grand Chief Ron Evans. “From that point on, we agreed that a new process should be inclusive, co-operative and non-competitive and should work for the equal benefit of all First Nations people.”
The proposed site, located in the RM of Elton, was recommended by a site selection committee in the fall of 2008 as part of a Request for Expressions of Interest (REI) process.
“This has been a disappointing outcome for a site that showed great promise,” said Dave Chomiak, Minister responsible for The Gaming Control Act. “Despite best efforts, at this point there is no reasonable expectation that continued discussions between the parties will be successful.”
The AMC and the province will now consider all options before deciding on whether to proceed with the development of a new casino.
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The Government of Manitoba is distributing this news release on behalf of the Province of Manitoba and Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.