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Ontario heading to mediation for allegedly breaching Aboriginal rights through iGaming launch – Law Times

4 Jul 2022

The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN) is heading to mediation with Ontario to settle concerns that the province’s online gambling scheme breached an agreement and violated s.35 of the Constitution that affirms and recognizes aboriginal rights by failing to hold formal consultations with Indigenous leaders.

MSIFN is challenging the government’s decision to open new gaming facilities near the Great Blue Heron Casino. “For centuries, the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN) have lived on the shores of Lake Scugog, North of what is now Port Perry. Thanks in large part to the success of the Great Blue Heron (GBH) casino, MSIFN is widely considered a model of a successful First Nation government in Canada.” the news release states.

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