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The 2012 ‘Spirit of our Nations’ FSIN Cultural Celebration included a Youth Educational
Symposium and Pow-wow that was held on October 22-28, 2012 in Saskatoon. For the past
number of years, FSIN had hosted this event but in 2011 and 2012 the pow-wow and youth
symposium was hosted by the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre.
The symposium provided an educational element to the students of the Catholic and Public
School Systems in Saskatoon. It was targeted towards youth with a focus on cultural education.
The pow-wow brought thousands of dancers, drummers and singers from across North America
to Saskatoon, SK and there was over 10,000 in attendance. It also provided an opportunity for
people to learn more about First Nations culture and tradition. This event had a significant
impact on the business and tourism sector in and around Saskatoon. SIGA has been a proud
sponsor of this pow-wow for over 16 years.
The Truth and Reconciliation National Event took place in Saskatoon June 21-24, 2012.
Its purpose was to gather statements from residential school survivors from Saskatchewan
during 12 hearings that took place around the province that culminated into a final gathering
in Saskatoon.
The TRC was established in 2008 as a requirement of the 2007 Indian Residential School
Settlement Agreement, the largest Canadian class action settlement of its kind negotiated
on behalf of former students, churches, the Government of Canada, Assembly of First Nations
and other Aboriginal organizations.
The TRC was put in place to guide a process of reconciliation between Aboriginal families,
communities, churches, governments and Canadians. In addition, to educate Canada about the
history of Indian Residential Schools and the impacts it had on Aboriginal children who were
sent there by the Canadian government.
There were seven National Events in total taking place in various cities across Canada until 2014.
Since its opening in 1996, SIGA has demonstrated a commitment to provide casino
entertainment in a socially responsible manner. Through the procedures and practices of the
responsible gaming strategy, SIGA promotes responsible gambling, and makes a concerted
effort to be responsive to the issue of problem gambling in order to minimize risk and assist
patrons to keep gambling enjoyable.
The objective of the SIGA Responsible Gaming Strategy is to deliver a comprehensive
responsible gaming program that reflects traditional aspects of First Nations culture.
First Nation ideology and symbolism are interwoven with responsible gaming principles and
practices to redesign the framework for the strategy.
SIGA’s Responsible Gaming Strategy consists of four key elements: Responsible Gaming Policies
and Procedures; Assisting Patrons; Game and Venue Features; and Employee Training.