Alberta First Nations say province-regulated gambling site is unauthorized

The Nations say the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission isn't authorized to receive a permit for online gambling.

Two Alberta FIrst Nations are taking the Alberta government and the gaming commission over its entry to the online gaming.

Play Alberta is a province regulated gaming site launched last fall and offers virtual slots and table games while casinos remain shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Tsuut'ina and Stoney First Nations have filed an application for a judicial review, arguing Alberta's online site is unauthorized and impermissible.

Tsuut'ina Chief Roy Whitney says while the reserve's casino is shuttered, the government is taking away its charity dollars.


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