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Alberta Regulator Takes on Online Casino Industry

The history of the Kahnawake reserve and the Canadian federal government treatment of the First Nation people, as Native Indians are called in Canada, is a fascinating topic. But no less fascinating is the news surrounding Alberta’s law and how it refers to the rights the First Nations have to operate online casino sites from their territory. The area located north of Edmonton intends on operating a new project under the Quebec Kahnawake reserve online casino licensing company. The law enforcement authorities have made several comments recently that the online casino operations are illegal, but have not pressed any charges against them, simply confusing matters and not really making any legal sense, such that can be proven in the court of law.

The Alexander First Nation are therefore in the grey at the moment, going along with their plans but not sure what the legal position is. In commenting on the situation regarding the online casino operations, Chief Raymond Arcand of the Alexander First Nation said “At this point, I don’t think it’s illegal.” This statement shows how the official law clears the way for the Indians to operate online casino sites from their lands and yet is constantly contested by the law enforcements authorities.

The AGLC (Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission) is trying to oppose the rights of the reserves to set up online casino operations, saying it is against the criminal code. No online casino sites are actually, as of now, operating from the reserve territory. Even if it was operating online casino sites, the chief said, it is allowed to do so legally as it is protected by the treaty nation rights. The only thing currently clear is that Canada thus joins the confusing law treatment of online casino sites.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.

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