First Nations Lash Out At Casino Smoking Ban – Gaming Post

by ahnationtalk on June 18, 202052 Views

June 18 2020

Manitoba’s First Nations have voiced their extreme unhappiness over an ultimatum declared by Premier Brian Pallister regarding the reopening of tribal casinos in the province. According to Pallister, only those casinos willing to institute smoking bans inside of all buildings will be permitted to resume trade – a statement that has now sparked enormous outrage and a hot debate over tribal governance in Manitoba.

Southern Chiefs’ Grand Chief Jerry Daniels has made it clear that tribal casinos in the province are a law unto their own and that provincial government officials have no business telling tribal nations how to go about managing their casinos. He also called on provincial officials to respect First Nations governance and independent rule. Manitoba is home to at least 30 First Nations casinos – all of which allow smoking.

But the no-smoking debate is one that’s been raging on for years and according to Daniels, it’s a fight that Pallister should not bargain on winning any time soon. The premier earlier this year proclaimed himself ready to once and for all outlaw the long-time habit of smoking being allowed in tribal casinos.

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