Indigenous Gaming Regulators is looking to expand its presence in Saskatchewan.

The group is owned by the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and acts as a licensing authority for casinos on reserve.

Up to now, it has taken care of charitable gaming practices — things like bingos and break-open tickets.

However, it is entering talks with the province to begin registering SIGA employees and suppliers.

IGR President Greg Ahenakew says this involves running things like background checks on workers:

“Because some of the rules around the registration of gaming employees, obviously, includes checking an employee for whether they have a criminal record — or Equifax.  Have they been bankrupt?”

Ahenakew says the fine details have yet to be worked out with the province, but he sees the development as another sign of IGR’s progress.