Page 20 - SIGA Annual Report 2014

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The Bear Claw Casino & Hotel is SIGA’s most historic casino.
Originally opened in 1993 on the White Bear First Nation,
near Carlyle, Saskatchewan, this 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.
In 2010, the Bear Claw Casino & Hotel re-opened the doors of
the hotel and became the first SIGA casino to operate its own
hotel. In 2013, the hotel basement banquet room was fully
renovated and is currently hosting events along with a smaller
boardroom that is equipped with wireless internet, a smart TV
and as a pull down projector screen. In early 2014, Growlers
restaurant went through renovations in the kitchen and was
updated with upgraded equipment. Continued growth in the
facilities is expected in order to become a destination resort.
Bear Claw Casino & Hotel continues to host outdoor events
during the summer, such as the annual Pow Wow, Buckarama
and other various concerts and events.
Bear Claw Casino & Hotel currently employs 174 people from
the local area.
Retention and Recruitment Strategy: Youth Pilot Program
2013 – Bear Claw Hotel and Growler’s Restaurant (located
beside the BCC Casino) became the center of a SIGA pilot
project employing youth ages 16-18. This initiative was
designed primarily to provide youth in the surrounding
communities the opportunity to receive the necessary
skills to advance their education and careers, and secondly
to fulfill SIGA’s long-term recruitment strategy.
The employees at the Bear Claw Casino & Hotel
continue to give back to the community by volunteering
with various community events. This year our volunteers
fundraised for charity, cleaned along the local highway,
served meals and gathered warm clothing. Our
volunteers are pleased to be making a positive difference
in the communities where we live and work.
100th Year Commemorative
“Awakening the Spirit” Gathering
2013 FSIN Youth Hockey Championship
81st Annual Moose Mountain Rodeo
All Folk’d Up Music Festival
Chief Denton George Memorial
In Celebration of Women Gala
Ochapowace Minor Fastball
Whitewood Chacachas Rodeo
Travelling Diabetes Resource Program
Archaeo Caravan – Museum education program
Royal Saskatchewan Museum 20th Anniversary
First Nations Gallery
Brighter Futures for Children 2014
Moosomin Armoury Centennial Gala
Nurturing Minds Universal Breakfast/lunch Program
The Woman in the Mirror: A Women’s Self
Empowering Group
Regina Treaty Status Indian Services Christmas
Hampers and Community meal
“Honouring Our Residential School Students
and Survivors” Traditional Pow Wow