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Gambling with the Future

The Evolution of Aboriginal Gaming in Canada

Many First Nations in Canada run casinos and other gambling enterprises, which have become a visible part of the Canadian landscape and foster economic development. Although early legislation was designed to control gambling, events in the US stimulated First Nations leaders to persevere and eventually capitalize on the gradual relaxation of the rules permitting lotteries, off-track betting, and the numerous forms of gambling that are legally available today. Yet, there are also future challenges First Nations gambling institutions face, especially the extent to which such institutions are an important engine for economic development of First Nations communities or if they are detrimental. Examining the role gambling and gaming played in pre-contact Aboriginal society, Belanger traces the history of First Nations gaming institutions nationally, and the political and legal battles fought provincially.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Search for Clarity

1 The Historical Perspective

2 The Evolution of Canadian Gaming Legislation

3 The Social, Political, and Economic Context

4 American Indian Gaming: A Brief Overview

5 Ontario: The Legal Ramifications

6 Saskatchewan and Manitoba: Early Days

7 First Nations Gaming in Alberta

8 Social and Political Responses to First Nations Gaming

9 Recent Developments in First Nations Gaming

Conclusion: Room for Optimism

Notes

References

Index

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