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Indigenous owned casino closures costing millions – APTN

May 20, 2020

‘That casino laid off 900 employees in the actual operation of the casino.’

While some businesses and recreational centres have already opened up across the country, casinos remain closed.

One of those with their doors shut is the River Cree Resort and Casino in Enoch Cree Nation, west of Edmonton.

The casino normally brings in millions of dollars for Enoch but has been sitting idle since March when the province closed non-essential businesses because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Enoch estimates that if the casino stays closed for six months, the reserve will lose $22 million in casino generated revenue.

Chief Billy Morin says it’s not just the loss of income that’s hurting the community, it’s also the loss of jobs.

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