Three First Nations Join Forces to Construct New Casino

Three First Nations in Westman, Manitoba have taken a step towards economic reconciliation by signing a memorandum of understanding to open a fresh casino, which will be owned by the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation. The Dakota Plains First Nation, the Canupawakpa Dakota First Nation, and the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation have come together in a joint venture that signifies unity and determination to improve their communities.

The proposed location for the new casino is close to the Petro-Can station, located in the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation. The casino will be jointly owned by all three nations, with Sioux Valley holding 34% ownership and the other two nations holding 33% each. This venture is expected to provide employment opportunities for young adults while also creating spin-off businesses such as a hotel and convention center.

The path to opening the new casino involved collaboration between the three First Nations. The Canupawakpa and Dakota Plains First Nations will offer support with human, financial, and political resources, while Sioux Valley will oversee logistics, feasibility, and political negotiations.

Going forward, the next steps for the casino project will include obtaining the necessary gaming license and producing a feasibility study. Additionally, a unanimous shareholder agreement will be necessary to address issues related to running and setting up the casino.

In discussing the project, Chief Vince Tacan of Sioux Valley expressed optimism about the economic opportunities the casino would bring to the communities. He emphasized that the new venture would offer a chance for young adults in the area to participate in the local economy and bring tourism and opportunity to the region.

The decision to open the casino reflects a desire to develop a fresh economic base for the communities. Chief Tacan and his councilors had considered the idea of building the casino on land they had acquired and discussed the idea with the councils from the other two First Nations, leading to the powerful partnership.

The involvement of the First Nations in the casino project is seen as an opportunity to participate in the local economy and bring optimism to the people in the region. The project is also part of a broader reconciliation effort to address the economic disparities faced by Indigenous communities across Canada.