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October 20, 2023
This week, Senator Scott Tannas’ Bill S-268 has progressed for a second reading in the Senate. If passed, the legislation would grant First Nations the opportunity to license, conduct, and manage gambling operations on reserves. The legislation was initially tabled in June 2023, and Mr. Tannas who has never sponsored a bill before, elaborated on its importance.
If passed as law by the federal government of Canada, Bill S-268 would amend the Indian Act and Section 207 of the Criminal Code of the country, allowing First Nations the exclusive authority to license, conduct and manage gaming activities on its territories. Previously, the bill was backed by Alberta and Saskatchewan-based Indigenous leaders.