The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN) are preparing to enter mediation with the government of Ontario after what it states has been “months of delays by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG)”.
MSIFN notes that the discussions are focused on “claims of agreement violations, bad faith negotiations, and failures to provide consultation related to gaming”.
Relief is being sought by MSIFN following the government’s decision to open new gaming facilities near the Great Blue Heron Casino, which it states was done “without providing consultation – despite its duty to do so under Section 35 of Canada’s Constitution Act”.
Kelly LaRocca, MSIFN Chief, commented: “Since meeting with senior government officials three years ago, we have welcomed the opportunity to settle our concerns with the province. We see a glimmer of hope now that they have agreed to mediation.”
MSIFN stated that it “repeatedly warned the government about violations of negotiated agreements and previous commitments related to gaming in the Greater Toronto Area”.
“We respect the mediation process and are eager to achieve a fair agreement with the government,” added Chief LaRocca. “Our Council looks forward to addressing these longstanding issues in a fair and prompt way.”