Six Nations joins in battle to stop Ontario internet gaming without consulting First Nations

By Victoria Grey Writer Six Nations, Kahnawà:ke and Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nations are demanding Ontario suspend the launch of its internet gaming initiative immediately until it can properly consult with Indigenous communities. On February 3 Six Nations Elected Chief Mark Hill sent a second letter to Brantford-Brant MPP Will Bouma and Erin McGinn, Ontario’s Assistant Deputy Minister Ministry of Finance lamenting the government’s perfunctory efforts at reconciliation, demanding consultation and a suspension of the government’s launch of its iGaming Ontario (iGO) initiative. “Yet again, we have been marginalized, and excluded from an economic sector that has, and is, fundamental to our culture and prosperity. Decisions like this are completely contradictory to governments’ continued assertion that they are moving forward with reconciliation,” the letter states. “We no longer believe…

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