The Lloydminster Casino Project is one step closer to completion as chiefs from the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) voted to ratify the gaming agreement.
In a special session of the legislative assembly, over 30 FSIN chiefs and proxy chiefs approved the gaming project.
The vote will allow the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) to expand into the border city.
“It lets us take our expertise to a new market and into Alberta, with Lloyd being a border city,” Zane Hansen, SIGA president and CEO, said.
“It lets us better serve our mandate… to really develop the gaming industry.”
As for timeline, Hansen said they’re hammering out the final details to get started on construction.
“We’re normally in that 16-month range once we really get things moving,” Hansen said.
“It’s time now to get to work on the details.”
This will be the seventh casino operated by SIGA. It currently employs more than 1,800 people, 65 per cent of whom are First Nations.
FSIN chief Bobby Cameron said the casino will help create more jobs for the community.
“SIGA has done their market studies. Their technicians and staff have done a tremendous job in doing the research,” Cameron said.
“More jobs, more revenues and that’s a good thing for First Nations people.”