AMC Chiefs-in-Assembly Move Forward on First Nations Gaming in Manitoba
October 31, 2019
Treaty One Territory, Manitoba
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2019
Treaty One Territory, MB – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) concluded a two-day Chiefs Assembly on Gaming today, with a strongly endorsed mandate for the AMC to advance First Nations’ inherent jurisdiction and rights in Gaming in Manitoba.
“The Chiefs-in-Assembly expressed their frustration and concern that First Nations in Manitoba have been ignored by the Province of Manitoba on Gaming priorities for too long,” said AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas. “Despite having the inherent jurisdiction in the area of Gaming, the AMC has always been willing to work with the province of Manitoba. A renewed relationship on Gaming with the government of Manitoba is needed to ensure that all people living in Manitoba benefit from Gaming activities in the province. That said, Canada, in its relationship with First Nations, has not reconciled the fact that it has, unilaterally and without consultation, granted the control and regulation of gaming through the Criminal Code to the provinces. Today, the Chiefs reaffirmed First Nations’ jurisdiction in this area with the development of a First Nations Gaming Authority. They also identified the need for Canada to address outstanding Gaming issues, and I will follow that up with all federal parties in Ottawa.”