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SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN GAMING AUTHORITY
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C O R P O R A T E G O V E R N A N C E
Authority
Under the First Nations Gaming Act, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations created the
Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) on June 10, 1995. SIGA was then incorporated under
The Non-Profit Corporation Act of Saskatchewan on January 11, 1996, and is designated as a charitable
corporation. The FSIN owns the only issued Class A Membership. Class B Memberships are held by the
Tribal Councils and independent First Nations.
Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority
The Province of Saskatchewan, through the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA),
regulates SIGA. This authority is responsible for the approval of budgets, operating policies and
procedures and expansion of services. Constant dialogue takes place between the management
and employees of both organizations.
Our Structure
SIGA’s gaming operations are a revenue source for the Provincial Treasury, Saskatchewan’s First Nations
and for Community Development Corporations (CDC) situated in the five casino locations. The CDCs
distribute this money to charitable and not-for-profit community organizations. Profits generated from
SIGA’s operations are distributed to the First Nations Trust (50%, which is distributed to Saskatchewan
First Nations), the Provincial Government’s General Revenue Fund (25%), and the CDCs (25%).
Role of the Board
The Board of Directors is responsible for the stewardship of the organization and is ultimately
accountable for the management of the affairs and business of SIGA. In meeting this responsibility,
the Board works with management to develop and approve the organization’s strategic plan, annual
budgets and business plans, and ensures that a communication policy is in place. It has established
terms of reference addressing its principal duties and responsibilities as a Board.
While focusing on the strategic direction of the organization, the Board delegates day to day operations
to the President & CEO. The Board has resolved to adopt a policy governance model that empowers the
President & CEO and holds him accountable for achieving the Board’s ends directives, managing risks,
and complying with the Casino Operating Agreement, SLGA directives and board policies. In addition,
the organization has a comprehensive Delegation of Authority Policy that governs the approvals and
spending authorities for all managers consistent with their responsibilities, accountabilities and budgetary
allocations, and specifies those matters that require Board approval: items specific to capital expenses
(unplanned) over $100,000, capital expenses (planned) over $250,000 and any Property Management,
Land and Building Leases.
All of its directors are independent of management and no member of management serves as a director.
The Board held twelve scheduled meetings in the 2007/08 fiscal year.
Board Chair – Ray Ahenakew
The Chair provides leadership by guiding the Board, coordinating its activities and fostering relationships
in the best interests of the organization. The Chair, while working closely with the President & CEO, retains
an independent perspective to best represent the interests of SIGA, the Board, and the communities they
serve. The Chair, on behalf of the Board, reports to the FSIN Economic and Community Development
Commission (ECDC) and the FSIN Legislative Assembly on the affairs of the corporation, including all
business aspects of casinos owned or operated by SIGA. The Chair, in turn, reports to the Board of Directors
any recommendations offered by ECDC and the Assembly. The Board has delegated authority and
assigned responsibility to the Board Chair for managing SIGA’s relationship with the shareholders as
per policy B03-012.