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Aboriginal Responsible Gambling Awareness

Responsible Gambling LogoService Offered: Provincially


Program Mandate

The objectives and goals of the Responsible Gambling Awareness Program is to provide Community Awareness, Education, Prevention, and individual referrals to our Indigenous women, community members and their families in a culturally appropriate manner.

  • Information and Support
  • Training and Education
  • Community Presentation
  • Resource Development
  • Advocacy and Support
  • Referrals


Who We Help

Services are available to Indigenous women and their families who are experiencing problems related to gambling or who are concerned about someone’s gambling.


  • Children of problem gamblers
  • Teens with gambling issues 


  • Adults with problem gambling
  • Family members of problem gamblers


  • Older adults with problem gambling
  • Family members of problem gamblers


What Is Gambling?

Gambling involves games of chance where something of value is wagered for personal gain, involves risk taking and may be addictive. This includes bingo, lottery tickets, raffles, sports events, casinos and on-line gaming.

Gambling can be an occasional source of entertainment when the amount of money or material items used to gamble is reasonable, calculated and safe. Gambling can be entertainment when it is easy to stop and a balance is maintained in harmony with other enjoyable activities.

However, a problem can develop with gambling and this problem can become an overpowering addiction. Then gambling is no longer a game, it is no longer a matter of entertainment or recreation, but instead an obsession. Problem Gambling becomes an obsession that can overtake and destroy the life of the problem gambler as well as the lives of their family and friends.


What Is Problem Gambling?

Problem Gambling is an addiction, not a game and is not done for entertainment or recreation. Problem Gambling is an obsession that can overtake and destroy one’s life.


  • The following are some signs that a person may have a gambling problem:
  • Unexplained absences from work, school and/or home
  • Borrowing money from family/friends and not trying to pay it back
  • Loss of spirituality
  • Denial with self, family and/or events in life
  • Unexplained large amounts of money and debts
  • Self neglect– eating and sleeping habits change, mood swings
  • Withdrawal from social activities  and relationships


What Is Responsible Gambling?

For many people gambling is exciting and entertaining. They make careful decisions about spending time and money, where to go and how to have fun.


  • Set a budget and stick to it
  • Do not use cash machines to get more money
  • Do not “chase” losses. Accept them as the cost of entertainment
  • Balance gambling with other leisure activities
  • Take frequent breaks
  • Be aware– risk increases at times of loss or depression
  • Don’t borrow money to gamble
  • Gamble for entertainment, not as a way to make money
  • Only use discretionary income, not money for everyday expenses.
  • Set a time limit



Click here for some helpful resources or helplines related to problem gambling.


Problem Gambling is proud to announce the facilitating of the Nokomis on Monday nights (Promoting health and wellness through Ojibway traditional & cultural teachings, creates strong foundation to combat Problem Gambling & the Community Garden undertaking will encourage, the involvement of the community in a non-addictive activity and educate community on other healthy ways to fulfill their time. Socialization is Key in contending Problem Gambling.






For more information, understanding, support and referral to Problem Gambling Treatment Resources, please contact:

Responsible Gambling Coordinator
Toll Free: 1-800-667-0816
Phone: (807) 623-3442

Problem Gambling Hotline
1-888-230-3505 (24hours per day)


Financial support from the Ontario Ministry of Health Population and Public Health Division.

Connect with us

Head Office: 150 City Road P.O. Box 15-684, City Road, Fort William First Nation, ON, P7J 1J7
Phone: (807) 577-1492 - Toll Free: 1-800-667-0816 - Fax: (807) 623-1104
Satellite Office: 380 Ray Blvd, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 4E6 - Phone: (807) 623-3442