An update to Saskatchewan’s Gaming Framework Agreement means more slot machines around the province — and more money for addictions treatment as well.
On Thursday, the provincial government and Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) announced changes to the agreement, which was first signed in 2002 and outlines the terms for First Nations gambling in Saskatchewan.
The changes will make 200 additional slot machines available for the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA), and create more opportunities for the FSIN to suggest VLT sites on reserves without dipping into SIGA’s allocation.
The changes also earmark an additional $250,000 each year for the First Nations Addiction and Rehabilitation Foundation.
FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron said the changes will help bring in more revenue and new opportunities for his organization’s 74 member nations.
“We are happy to continue to bring more employment and more revenue,” said Cameron. “On average this is going to generate potentially $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 annually.”
Cameron said it’s also important to allocate resources to addictions treatment.
“I want to acknowledge our SIGA and FSIN chiefs who always dedicate a certain amount to combat those that are battling gambling addictions,” said Cameron. “This is our commitment to ensure that the support systems are there.”