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Shark Club eating into First Nations gaming profits, says chief – CBC

by NationTalk on February 26, 2015689 Views

Feb 25, 2015

A Manitoba First Nation leader is calling foul on the Shark Club, accusing the companies behind the downtown Winnipeg sports bar and gaming centre of taking a bite out of gaming profits for aboriginal communities.

St. Theresa Point Chief David McDougall says First Nations gaming groups had been in talks several years ago to build a casino in Winnipeg, but he said the idea was shot down by the provincial government.

“Years ago we were saying we had an interest in the Radisson Hotel, and then we had gone forward with a resolution,” McDougall said at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs’ annual general meeting Wednesday.

“I don’t know how far it went, but I know we were shut down even before we got out of the starting gates … saying the market in Winnipeg is saturated.”

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