Manitoba First Nations bet on job creation as model for northern casino

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THOMPSON, Man. – Northern Manitoba will be the next area of the province that will be home to a First Nations owned-and-operated casino.

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says in a release that the Thompson region has been selected for construction of its latest gaming outlet.

The assembly says it has support for the project from Thompson Mayor Tim Johnston and local MLA Steve Ashton.

A date for the opening has not been set, but the organization says construction will move along quickly.

The casino is expected to create about 140 jobs and will be similar in size to facilities in The Pas and in downtown Winnipeg.

The assembly will be opening its Sand Hills Casino, east of Brandon, in late May.

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