Alberta First Nations say provincially-regulated gambling website unauthorized

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Tsuut'ina Chief Roy Whitney says while the reserve's casino is shuttered, the government is taking away its charity dollars. (CBC - image credit)
Tsuut'ina Chief Roy Whitney says while the reserve's casino is shuttered, the government is taking away its charity dollars. (CBC - image credit)

Two First Nations are taking the Alberta government and its gaming commission to court over its entry into the online gaming sector.

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

The province has said it expects the site to raise $3.74 million in 2021.

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

They say the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission isn't authorized to receive a permit for an online casino.

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