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Eagle River Casino celebrates ten years


It’s been ten years since the Eagle River Casino was little more than a dream and a pile of sand. The Casino opened its doors in January of 2008 and it’s been a party ever since.


January 31 kicked off with ceremonies in the banquet room just after 10 a.m. There were many officials, dignitaries, and band members present, along with entertainers and guests to celebrate the big day. Drummers kicked off the speeches. Mayor of Whitecourt, Maryann Chichak and Woodlands County mayor Jim Rennie both received special blankets as a gift from the Band, as did MLA Oneil Carlier


Speeches were given by the mayors as well as Eris Moncur, Chief Tony and previous band chiefs who saw the Casino through its beginning stages to now. Members of the long-time staff were also given recognition. Many staff members have been with the Casino since its beginning.


There was entertainment as well, with drummers and First Nations dancers, and Don Burnstick from the Alexander First Nation was also present. As a stand-up comedian, Don believes that laughter is good for healing and he was hilarious so it’s likely that everyone was feeling pretty good.


The chefs cooked a fabulous lunch for the buffet and the casino was generating a large crowd by mid-afternoon and it was full by supper as there were $10 menu items to be enjoyed. As well, there were $100 cash prizes given away every hour of the evening, so it was fun for everyone.


Fireworks were held in the parking lot at 7 p.m.

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