February 11, 2005 13:35 ET

Casino Rama Revenue Sharing

Casino Rama Revenue Sharing to be addressed Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Media Editor, News Editor MNJIKANING FIRST NATION--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 11, 2005) - Mnjikaning First Nation Chief and Council and the Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) have announced significant progress in efforts to produce a new revenue sharing formula for distribution of Casino Rama proceeds to First Nations in Ontario.

Chief Sharon Stinson Henry announced that Mnjikaning would participate in a mediation process proposed by Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief John Beaucage designed to produce a new formula for sharing the Casino's net revenues. The proposal would see Mnjikaning representatives and a special Chiefs' committee work with an independent mediator to produce a mutually-agreeable revenue sharing formula within 60 days. First Nation Chiefs in Ontario approved a distribution agreement for the Casino's first five years of operation that directed 35% of net revenues to Mnjikaning in recognition of its obligations and responsibilities as the Casino's host community.

"I truly commend Mnjikaning First Nation in working to find a solution to such a long-standing dispute," said Beaucage, who also credited other Chiefs for their efforts to resolve Casino Rama issues. "This is an approach that builds trust and healing between all First Nations people in Ontario."

"We embrace unity in order to find options which will continue to provide greater revenues for all of our communities and unite First Nations in Ontario in the challenges that lie ahead," Chief Stinson Henry said.

"We have committed to working with Ontario First Nations to continue Casino Rama's success, and to keep jobs and revenues flowing to all First Nations in Ontario," said Chief Sharon Stinson Henry.

The Anishinabek Nation incorporated the Union of Ontario Indians as its secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 42 member First Nations across Ontario. The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.

Mnjikaning First Nation established its territory in Rama in the early 1800's, in part to fulfill their commitment to care for the ancient fish wiers located at the Atherley Narrows. The thriving community was selected as the host First Nation for Casino Rama, which opened in 1996, and generates revenues which are distributed to all Ontario First Nations for development purposes.
/For further information: Cathy Edney Communications Manager Mnjikaning First Nation 705-325-3611 x 1416 / IN: MEDIA

Contact Information

  • Jamie Monastyrski, Communications Officer, Union of Ontario Indians
    Primary Phone: 705-497-9127 ext. 2290
    E-mail: monjam@anishinabek.ca