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Manitoba First Nations bet on northern casino

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, which announced Wednesday that it plans to open a casino in the Thompson region.
Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, which announced Wednesday that it plans to open a casino in the Thompson region. Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press

THOMPSON, Man. – Northern Manitoba will be the next area of the province that will be home to a First Nations owned-and-operated casino.

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said in a news release that the Thompson region has been selected for construction of its latest gaming outlet.

The assembly said it has support for the project from Thompson Mayor Tim Johnston and local MLA Steve Ashton.

A date for the opening has not been set, but the organization said construction will move along quickly.

The casino is expected to create about 140 jobs and will be similar in size to facilities in The Pas and downtown Winnipeg.

The assembly plans to open its Sand Hills Casino, east of Brandon, in late May.

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