Page 17 - SIGA Annual Report 2014

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Since its opening in 1996, SIGA continues to
demonstrate 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
design 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. In 2013, SIGA and
its casinos began the process to become nationally
accredited by the Responsible Gambling Council.
The Responsible Gambling Index and the RG Check
Accreditation Program were developed over many
years. They establish an independent and rigorous
standard for the responsible gambling safety net in
gaming venues. The RG Check staff thoroughly review
casino programs based on the eight standards in the
Index through documentary reviews, staff interviews,
staff and patron surveys and site visits. SIGA’s Northern
Lights Casino, Dakota Dunes Casino and Living Sky
Casino all participated in the RG Check and all received
accreditation. In 2014 the Painted Hand Casino, Gold
Eagle Casino and Bear Claw Casino will begin their
process for accreditation. Once a venue has received
accreditation it will be valid for three years.
Responsible Gaming Information Kiosks are located
in all SIGA casinos, and Responsible Gaming training
is a key component in SIGA’s overall commitment to
social responsibility.
SIGA’s largest partner in the responsible gambling field
is the First Nation Addiction Rehabilitation Foundation
(FNARF). Through a provision in the Gaming Framework
Agreement, SIGA provides $2.25 million annually to
FNARF. This figure represents the largest contribution
in Saskatchewan to intervention, prevention, and
treatment of problem gambling.
In December 2013, SIGA announced the recipients
of the 2013 SIGA First Nation Scholarship Awards
and awarded $30,000 to First Nations students
pursuing post-secondary education (increased
from $25,000 awarded in previous year).
In total 24 First Nations students from across the
province were awarded scholarships. This program is
assisting students to successfully achieve career goals
within Saskatchewan.
The SIGA First Nation Scholarship Program provides
incentive to First Nation individuals to pursue education
and continued learning in academic areas considered
to be vital to the continued success of First Nations
employment in Saskatchewan. Since the programs’
inception in 2009, SIGA has awarded a total of
$130,000 in scholarships.
SIGA employees volunteer for many causes
demonstrating SIGA’s commitment to Building Success
in our communities.
SIGA has continued supporting community initiatives
by developing an employee owned and driven
volunteer program. The program includes coordination
of the Volunteer Program Advisory Committee and
has employee volunteer coordinators who work with
their site volunteer committees on various volunteer
activities in their communities. SIGA employee
volunteers are involved in many activities though out
the year that work to enhance pride in their community
and SIGA’s community involvement. Volunteers
fundraise for charity; collect warm clothing and school
supplies for community schools, serve meals, clean
up the community and much more. In 2013-2014,
20% of SIGA’s employee base was enrolled in the
volunteer program.