Today a major milestone for Whitecap Dakota First Nation was witnessed by community members, honoured guests, WDFN staff, and media at the Dakota Dunes Golf Links Cubhouse.
The Government of Canada represented by The Hon. Carolyn Bennet, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs and the Whitecap Dakota First Nation achieved a major milestone in their journey toward reconciliation and renewed relationships today by signing an historic Agreement-in-Principle. This is a key step on the path to self-government for the Whitecap Dakota First Nation.
The Governance Agreement-in-Principle paves the way for continued negotiations toward a final agreement that will fundamentally redefine the relationship between Canada and the First Nation.
A final self-government agreement will bring the Whitecap Dakota First Nation out from under the Indian Act and ensure the First Nation has greater control over the decisions that affect its community. This includes how the First Nation will manage its own resources, promote and enhance its culture and build on its positive accountability and governance track record, as well as its successes in community and economic development.
Self-government advances Indigenous self-determination and can inspire transformational change in Indigenous communities. It is part of the foundation for a renewed relationship and is a pathway to development and economic growth that generates benefits for Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.