The third First Nations-owned casino, occupies a 31,000-square foot property along Highway 5 and south of Carberry, that has a gaming floor containing 350 slot machines and several casino table games offering Blackjack, Double Deck, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, Roulette, Texas Shootout and Texas Hold’em. The casino also offers buffet dining and lounge style entertainment.
Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba said that it took several years of working toward the building of a casino in Western Manitoba aimed at benefiting all First Nations of the province. There are 63 First Nations in Manitoba and all will receive equal share of the profits realized from operating Sand Hill Casino.
According to Barbara Czech the official spokesperson of Sand Hills, it is projected that in a span of 10 years, the newly opened casino will create a cumulative economic impact in Western Manitoba at an estimated value of CA$150 million. Czech further explained, “When we say $150 million, we’re really talking about construction jobs, ongoing jobs, increased business opportunities and spending in the region as a result of the construction and the ongoing operation.”
The two other First Nations-owned casino in Manitoba are the Aseneskak Casino on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, also an urban reserve situated next to the Town of The Pas and the South Beach Casino, located on the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation urban reserve, an Anishinaabe First Nation located 40 miles northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba.