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Whitecap Dakota set to become first self-governing Indigenous nation in Sask. – CBC

‘For our membership it was just a natural transition,’ says Chief Darcy Bear

Oct 14, 2022

Whitecap Dakota First Nation (WDFN) is writing history in Saskatchewan.

Members of WDFN have voted for their community to become the first self-governing Indigenous Nation in Saskatchewan, according to a news release from the nation.

Members cast their votes on Oct. 6 and 7, either in-person or online, with 92 per cent supporting the proposal to adopt a constitution and giving chief and council the mandate to sign a governance agreement negotiated with Canada, according to the release.

“We’ve had that experience with self government in regards to land and land management,” said Chief Darcy Bear in an interview with CBC host Peter Mills on Wednesday.

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