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Manitoba chiefs suing government for almost $1B over denial of Winnipeg casino – CBC

Suit alleges government breached obligations to foster First Nations gaming

Oct 19, 2017

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is suing the Government of Manitoba for almost $1 billion, alleging the decision to approve the Shark Club Gaming Centre while refusing to open a First Nations-owned casino in Winnipeg cost First Nations millions of dollars in lost revenue.

A statement of claim filed Tuesday in the Court of Queen’s Bench by the AMC, AMC Secretariat Inc. and Sand Hills Casino Resort Limited Partnership alleges the province and Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries breached its commitments to foster the First Nations gaming market by denying them access to Winnipeg, “the only market in Manitoba where casinos can generate significant revenue.”

The suit seeks almost $870 million in combined general, aggravated and punitive damages, along with additional court orders designed to increase the gaming market possibilities for First Nations.

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