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A. Background

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) is a Treasury Board Crown Corporation responsible for the distribution, control and regulation of liquor and most gaming across the province, all pursuant to The Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Act (1997). SLGA owns and manages all video lottery terminals (VLTs) and owns and manages the slot machines at six casinos operated by the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA). SLGA licenses and regulates most forms of gaming including: bingo, raffles, casinos, breakopen tickets and horse racing. SLGA also registers all provincial gaming employees and gaming suppliers.

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) created the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) as a non-profit corporation in order to carry out its casino gaming operation interests. SIGA in turn provides physical infrastructure and personnel to support day-to-day casino operations through a Gaming Framework Agreement with SLGA.

Effective April 2007, Indigenous Gaming Regulations (IGR) was delegated responsibility for licensing and regulating charitable gaming on most First Nations reserves in Saskatchewan (i.e., bingo, break open tickets, raffles, poker tournaments, and table games at SIGA casinos). IGR’s activities are conducted in accordance with a Licensing Agreement signed with SLGA that ensures charitable gaming is regulated on- and off- reserve in essentially the same manner.  In 2015, pursuant provisions in The Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Act, 1997 and a Registration Agreement between SLGA and IGR, IGR was authorized to register on-reserve charitable gaming employees.

Pursuant to the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act (1994), Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation (SGC) conducts, manages, and operates slot and table gaming at the two fully, government-run casinos located in Regina and Moose Jaw, and is subject to regulatory oversight by SLGA.

Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) acts as an agent for the Province (Interprovincial Lotteries Act, 1984) in the conduct and management of ticket lotteries, the operation of SLGA's provincial network of VLTs, as well as the slot machines at SIGA casinos. The Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport provides oversight to WCLC operations and distribution of ticket lottery profits to sport, culture and recreation groups.
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