Manitoba First Nations appear a step closer to gaining a casino in Winnipeg

Manitoba First Nations appear a step closer to gaining a casino in Winnipeg

Article brief provided by The Canadian Press
  • Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press
December 14, 2023 8:16 PM
  • Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew said Wednesday he is open to considering a First Nations-run casino in Winnipeg, reversing long-standing opposition to the idea under previous governments.

“We don’t have a specific proposal in front of us, but what we’re saying is that we’re open to working together on economic reconciliation,” Kinew told reporters.

“And if that includes a future proposal from the Naawi-Oodena site (in Winnipeg), or other urban Indigenous economic development zones around the province, we’ll certainly consider it.”

First Nations groups were rebuffed more than a decade ago from setting up a casino in the provincial capital, which is home to more than half of Manitoba’s population.