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Bear Claw Casino & Hotel
EDWARD LITTLECHIEF, GM
White Bear First Nation
BUILDING SUCCESS
Operational Highlights:
The Bear Claw Casino & Hotel is SIGA’s most historic
casino. 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.
Employee Development Highlights:
Bear Claw Casino & Hotel currently employ 174
people from the local area. In the 2011-2012 fiscal
year, Bear Claw Hotel and Growler’s Restaurant
became the centre of a pilot project that employs
youth ages 16-18 in the hotel and restaurant located
beside the Casino. This initiative is designed first to
provide opportunities for youth in the area to receive
the necessary skills to advance their educational and
career opportunities and second, to fulfill our long-
term recruitment strategy.
SHARING SUCCESS
Volunteerism:
The employees at the Bear Claw Casino & Hotel
remain an integral part of their community.
Volunteers participated in numerous community
events. The “White Bear Community Winter
Wonderland” was one of the events that benefited
this year. Staff assisted in food preparation, children’s
activities and served supper. It was their way of saying
thank you to the community that they serve. The
volunteer program is a way that staff can give back.
Sponsorship Highlights:
Annual Treaty 4 Gathering 2012
Chief Denton George Memorial
2013 Robin Big Eagle Memorial Hockey Cup
Moose Mountain Pro Rodeo
Whitebear Education Complex Inter-School
Pow-wow
Whitewood Chacachas Youth Light Horse Show
and Rodeo
FSIN Youth Hockey Championships
Summer Slam Volleyball Skills Camp
(Kipling & District Parks and Recreation)
Wolseley Dam Days
Strengthening Aboriginal Youth Conference