Western Manitoba region rolls dice on new First Nations-owned casino

CARBERRY, Man. – Manitoba’s third First Nations-owned casino officially opened its doors Monday.

The Sand Hills Casino was built on Swan Lake First Nation land near Highway 5, about 170 kilometres west of Winnipeg.

It features 350 slot machines and seven gaming tables and will be managed by Hemisphere Gaming for a period of 10 years.

Barbara Czec (CHECK), a casino spokeswoman, says the facility is expected to generate at least $150 million in economic spinoffs over the next decade.

Wayne Blair, mayor of the nearby town of Carberry, says he expects his community will benefit from customers who stop to buy restaurant meals, groceries and other services on their way to and from the casino.

Profits from the business will be divided equally among Manitoba’s 63 First Nations. (CKLQ)