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Scugog Island First Nation Continues Battle Against New Pickering Casino – Canadian Casinos

June 28, 2022

The Scugog Island First Nation is once again ready to go in a one-on-one legal battle with Ontario regarding potential breaches of contract. The Nation claims that the provincial government has failed to consult the tribe, regarding the launch of the Pickering Casino Resort, which violates an agreement for a limited number of gaming properties in Durham.

Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation cites that according to Canada’s Constitution Act, it is mandatory for the provincial government to discuss the decision to open new gaming facilities near the tribe’s Great Blue Heron Casino. However, despite numerous attempts from the tribe to oppose the new Pickering casino, it is up and running since last summer.

In a recent statement, MSIFN’s Chief Kelly LaRocca noted that the Nation met with government officials a few years ago, and since then the tribe has been willing to resolve the issue. And now they have seen a slight chance that the province has agreed to mediation. She added that the tribe respects the mediation process and it is looking to achieve a fair agreement with the local government.

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