SIGA Breaks Ground on New Casino Build in Lloydminster
The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Association (SIGA) marked the beginning of the construction of its seventh casino with a ground-breaking ceremony held with the Border Tribal Council on Monday.
Eagle Park West Casino
The $15.5 million Eagle Park West Casino in Lloydminster will be a 31,000 square feet venue which will include 250 slot games and six to eight gaming tables. Initial offering could in future be expanded with a 250-room hotel and a 1,500-seat convention center, restaurant and other facilities.
The Eagle Park West Casino is being built on the land owned by the Little Pine First Nation, who will be responsible for the casino’s development. Once completed, the SIGA’s casino will be leased from the Border Tribal Council.
SIGA board chair member Chief Reginald Bellerose expects the new casino to be of great benefit to the community.
“This casino will not only benefit the community of Lloydminster but all First Nations of Saskatchewan, and is only possible through the positive partnerships between the FSIN, Border Tribal Council, Little Pine First Nation and the City of Lloydminster”, he said.
Important Addition to the Community
The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority currently operates six casinos in the western Canadian province and provides jobs to more than 1.870 people. Through the operation of six First Nations gaming entertainment destinations, the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) is strengthening the lives of First Nations people through employment, economic growth, and positive community relations.
The new casino is also expected to introduce local employment and provide funding for city services, whereas it would also support local businesses through service agreements and by attracting tourism money to the community.
The Eagle Park West project was initially approved by SIGA in April 2016, whereas it was in August that the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations voted to allow SIGA to expand it into the border city for the purpose of running a gambling facility.