Chief & Council

Strong leadership has been instrumental in guiding Whitecap along the path to long-term fiscal stability. We have created economic development and community sustainability plans, as well as public safety and emergency response plans. We understand that we need a firm foundation and a safe investment climate in order to attract partners. That’s why we’ve developed a set of legislative tools that:

• Increase land use opportunities for third-party interests;
• Provide fair and consistent taxation of commercial developments;
• Control and monitor business activities on the reserve;
• Offer standard commercial leasing terms at competitive rates;
• Attract businesses to assist with and complement our tourism developments.

Chief Darcy Bear

Darcy Bear is Chief of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation. He was re-elected as Chief for an eighth consecutive term in November 2016 and has served his Community, located 26 kilometers south of Saskatoon, since 1991.

Chief Bear’s leadership has been focused on financial accountability for Whitecap, self-government, and job creation through partnerships.

Early in his leadership tenure, Chief Bear and Council initiated a program to improve financial accountability. That led to correcting a 40% annual budget deficit on Reserve, a precursor to the financial and economic success the Whitecap First Nation has since earned. Many steps have been taken to achieve and maintain fiscal integrity for Whitecap including:

  • 21 consecutive unqualified audits
  • The Financial Transfer Agreement with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (1997)
  • Consistent surplus operating budgets

Through a leadership role in self-governance, Whitecap Dakota First Nation positioned itself to sign the Framework Agreement for Self Governance with Canada’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan in January 2012. This represented a significant step forward for Whitecap as one of the earliest of all First Nations in Canada to sign such an agreement. It is, however, just one of many steps that have been taken by Whitecap under Chief Bear’s leadership. Other key initiatives include:

  • First Nations Land Management Act (2004)
  • Liquor Consumption Tax on-reserve agreement with Province of Saskatchewan (2007)
  • Full GST on reserve Agreement with Canada Revenue Agency (2007)
  • Real Property Tax Bylaw (ongoing)

Today, Whitecap enjoys a reputation as one of Canada’s most successful Communities in investment attraction and job creation. Chief Bear’s focus on “progress through partnerships’ has been pivotal to this status as he and Band Council have worked with the federal government, the provincial government, neighbouring rural municipalities and communities in the region. Some of the key partnership initiatives include:

  • Whitecap Dakota First Nation and City of Saskatoon (Fire and Protective Services)
  • Whitecap Dakota First Nation and Saskatoon Public Board of Education (Educational Service)
  • Whitecap Dakota First Nation and Saskatoon Tribal Council (Health Services)
  • Whitecap Dakota First Nation Tourism development partnership with surrounding Rural Municipalities and towns.
  • Dakota Dunes Golf Course partnership (Whitecap Dakota, Muskeg Lake and La Ronge First Nations)

The Dakota Dunes Golf Resort, the 80,000 square foot Dakota Dunes Casino and the creation of a tourism corridor that stretches from Saskatoon to Outlook are indicative of the many economic development successes for Whitecap. The list of accomplishments of this type includes the following:

  • Development of Dakota Dunes Golf Links Championship Golf Course (2005)
  • Development of Dakota Dunes Casino (opened 2007)
  • Development of Whitecap Trail Gas Bar Confectionery (expanded 2010)
  • Development of Whitecap Development Corporation
  • Development of Hotel Convention Center (construction to begin 2017)
  • Development of Light Industrial Park (ongoing)

As a result of this well-acknowledged development success at Whitecap, Chief Bear participates on the Boards of Whitecap committees and other organizations including:

  • Saskatoon Tribal Council Board of Directors
  • STC Cress Housing Corporation Board of Directors
  • Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies Board of Directors
  • SaskPower
  • Dakota Cree Sports Inc. Board of Directors
  • Dakota Dunes Golf Links Board of Directors
  • Dakota Land Holdings Inc.
  • Dakota Dunes Hotel Ltd.
  • Whitecap Housing Corporation
  • Whitecap Development Corporation Board of Directors
  • Whitecap Hotels Inc.

The result of this focus on sustainable economic growth includes the positioning of Whitecap as a highly desirable joint venture partner and the fact that the number of jobs located at Whitecap is now in excess of 650. To Chief Bear, the most important outcome of sustainable economic growth is the ability of Whitecap to provide an increased level of services to its citizens. The list of service and amenity enhancements at Whitecap is lengthy:

  • New Elementary School (1996)
  • Community Water and Sewer Infrastructure (1996)
  • Public Waste Disposal System (1999)
  • Waste Transfer Station (2001)
  • Three Phase power and expanded Natural Gas (2002)
  • High Speed Internet and Cellular service (2004)
  • Expanded sewer and water including large commercial Water plant (2006)
  • Paved community roads
  • 60 new Housing units (2000-2009)
  • Development of 49 lot Private Home Ownership subdivision (2008)
  • Establish RCMP service on reserve (2008-09)
  • Development of new retail facilities (2009)
  • Development of a for profit water utility
  • Expanded Health Clinic (2010)
  • School Expansion
  • Early Learning Centre (2016)

Chief Bear is a recipient of the Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan in 2005, and was then named one of the “Ten Most Influential People” by Saskatchewan Business Magazine and awarded the CANDO “Economic Developer of the Year” in 2006. In December 2011, Chief Bear was honoured with the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the highest recognition given to residents of Saskatchewan and on May 23, 2012, Chief Bear was honoured with the Diamond Jubilee Medal reflecting his commitment to service.

Councillor Dwayne Eagle

Dwayne Eagle was born on the Whitecap Dakota First Nation and lived there until 1987. He attended high school at Nutana Collegiate where he was known for his sportsmanship in all sports, excelling in track and field, and football.  He also played hockey in Dundurn and the Whitecap Warriors.

Dwayne Eagle had been employed in the drywall trade since 1979.  He began as a sub-contractor, then started his own company in 1988.  During his career, Dwayne moved east to Niagra Falls, Ontario for five years, and then returned west to Calgary in the summer of 1992.  He returned to Saskatchewan in 2001, continuing with his career until he was elected for Councillor for 2003-2009.  In 2009 Dwayne returned to being an entrepreneur in the drywall trade which facilitated him to manufacture a device to assist with dry walling for other companies in the trade. Dwayne ran for Councillor again in 2012 returning to his previous position within Whitecap Dakota First Nation. Dwayne was re-elected as Councillor in 2016.

He enjoys traveling, meeting new people, spending time with his family, cooking, singing, watching movies and playing poker.  He enjoys being a Councillor, seeing the difference, and being part of strengthening the Community.

Councillor Eagle plays an active role in the economic development initiatives of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation. His keen interest and purpose in that realm serves him well as he devotes himself to his position as Councillor as well to the many committees he involves himself in.  Councillor Eagle’s portfolio includes Health and Social Development, Child and Family Services (CFS), Whitecap Children’s Center (Daycare), Fire Protection, Justice, Residential School, Environmental and Hunting and Trapping.

Other Committees and Boards Councillor Dwayne Eagle serves on are:

  • Saskatoon Tribal Council CFS Board of Directors
  • STC Health Portfolio Councillors Committee
  • Health/Social/CFS and Justice Committee
  • Dakota Land Holdings, Inc. Board
  • Dakota Cree Sports Board
  • Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation Board
  • Dakota Enterprises Corporation
  • Dakota Dunes Hotel Ltd.
  • Whitecap Community Development Corporation
  • Whitecap Housing Corporation
  • Saskatoon Watershed Authority
  • South Saskatchewan River Potato Company Ltd.

Councillor Dalyn Bear

Dalyn Bear is a member of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation. He received his Business Administration Diploma in 2010 and has continued to further his education in the lands sector by receiving an Indigenous People Resource Management Program Certificate and completing the National Aboriginal Land Managers Association Certification Program. Dalyn also recognizes the importance of business and economics in a lands development framework and has recently completed a Certificate in First Nation Economics at Thompson River University, Kamloops, BC.

In a professional capacity Dalyn was recently employed as the Director of Lands for his community where he displayed leadership and dedication by supporting economic development, land tenure, environmental management, and community resource management. He now serves at a Band Councillor after being elected in 2016.

Dalyn is very active within his community through project work in both a professional and a volunteer capacity. He is currently serving as a board member on the Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation and as an Executive on the Dakota Dunes Finance Committee. As a volunteer, Dalyn is active in youth development and recreation. In 2014 he coached Team STC to a gold medal placing in hockey at the Saskatchewan Winter Games.

Dalyn is responsible for the following portfolios as Councillor:

  • Education
  • Culture and Recreation
  • Employment and Training
  • Post Secondary Education
  • Land Management
  • Agriculture
  • Membership