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Bear Claw Casino
White bear first nation
GM / EDWARD LITTLECHIEF
Nestled in the scenic Moose Mountain Provincial Park in southeast
Saskatchewan, the Bear Claw Casino is SIGA’s most historic casino.
The Bear Claw originally opened in 1993 on the White Bear First Nation
near Carlyle, SK. It was shut down in what was a highly contentious
and emotional part of history between First Nations and the provincial government
regarding gaming in Saskatchewan. The casino re-opened in November 1996 and
has been successfully operating ever since.
The Bear Claw Casino includes 30,000 square feet of floor space which includes:
120 slot machines and 4 live table games; Growlers Restaurant, a live entertainment
stage and Bear Necessities gift shop. The warmth and comfort of the casino will be a
memory that will last a lifetime.
2008/09 was a great year for growth and development at the casino. 10 RV parking
spots were developed; and the new outdoor events area opened, hosting a variety
of events including: the White Bear powwow, bull riding, six concerts, and holiday
events such as Canada Day (July 1st) and National Aboriginal Day. In addition,
there were renovations to the kitchen, washrooms and new fixtures were installed
to modernize the facility.
This past year, a feasibility study and business plan was completed and results
show support for a hotel and casino, which should further drive traffic and additional
customers to the area. The Bear Claw Casino is showing signs of becoming a true
resort destination.
The Bear Claw Casino on the White Bear First Nation employs 140 local residents.
“I’ve worked in many places, but SIGA fully accepted
me, my family and other people who were never given a
chance. Now we have a place to call our own. I love my
community and I love my job. I plan to retire with SIGA.”
/ W. Clayton Whitebear, Surveillance Operator