The Chippewas of Rama First Nation (Rama) has been known as 'the gathering place' , where travellers journeyed to trade, to seek counsel or medicines, and attend great meetings. Today, it is home to Casino Rama, an OLG tourism attraction that brings thousands of visitors to the area daily for gaming, shows, conventions, shopping and fine dining.
Rama radiates with the spirit that has made us a thriving community. For centuries, our people have been leaders, entrepreneurs, artisans and harvesters. The Seven Grandfather teachings passed down from the Creator are at the centre of community culture. These traditions form the backbone of a community that draws strength and inspiration from the past while preparing for its future.
The community is approximately 90-minutes north of Toronto on almost 2,500 acres of land. Guided by long-term community visioning which has built a sustainable economic foundation, this provides members and area residents with employment close to home and services for family living and recreation.
Chief Rodney Noganosh is part of a leadership that continues to work towards a community vision that makes Rama the proud progressive First Nation it is today. Having served as a member of Council for 16 years since 1996 when Casino Rama first opened its doors, he is now serving his first term as Chief.
Over the past 20 years, employment, business opportunities and local services have all grown in response to the tourism generated by Rama First Nation and Casino Rama. "In the early days, no one imagined the success that Casino Rama would become," Chief Noganosh said.
Our businesses are managed by Rama's Chief and Council, who are responsible for economic development. A trip through the community reveals the rewards of successful business planning and a clear vision.
"We've always been involved in business and have a mixture of entrepreneurs on Council, reflecting the nature of our ancestors," said Chief Noganosh.
Rama's commitment to community and gaming management expertise remain focal points for the future. With long standing local and regional relationships flourishing, the Chippewas of Rama First Nation is poised to take the next step in solidifying itself as a leader in gaming.
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