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David Bird | 2014 Speakers

Manager, Responsible Gaming and Social Responsibility, Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority

Saskatoon, Canada

Mr. David Bird is a First Nation person from the Peepeekisis First Nation in southeast Saskatchewan. Currently in his fifth year in the gaming industry, Mr. Bird began his casino career as a responsible gaming specialist with SaskGaming working at both Casino Regina and Casino Moose Jaw.

In March 2011, he became the manager of responsible gaming and social responsibility for the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) where he utilized his First Nation background to inform the development of SIGA’s responsible gaming strategy. In June 2013, Mr. Bird received his Certified Gambling Counsellor (CGC) designation from the Canadian Council of Professional Certification.

The concepts Mr. Bird brings to responsible gaming are unique to his experience as a responsible gaming specialist on the gaming floor, initiating and having conversations with patrons, and his First Nation heritage

Interweaving Culture into Responsible Gambling

Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) is the operator of six First Nations casinos in Saskatchewan and has over 1,900 employees, including over 1,200 First Nations employees.

SIGA’s responsible gaming strategy was developed to deliver a comprehensive responsible gaming program that reflects traditional First Nations culture by interweaving First Nation ideology and symbolism with responsible gaming principles and practices. This framework provides a user-friendly and fluid set of resources, which gaming staff can easily employ on the gaming floor, and allows for easy and effective responsible gaming training.

This presentation will demonstrate how a well-rounded and operational responsible gaming framework influenced by a distinctive First Nation approach can be used and adapted to the day-to-day operations of the gaming industry.

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