By Julia Peterson Local Journalism Initiative Reporter With an overwhelming majority, members of Whitecap Dakota First Nation have voted to become a self-governing Indigenous nation, the first in Saskatchewan. Now, the First Nation will adopt its constitution, and Chief Darcy Bear and his council will sign a governance agreement with Canada. It will join 78 other self-governing First Nations across Canada. Only one other, Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, in Manitoba, is in the prairies. As a self-governing First Nation, the Chief and council will have more legislative power. The First Nation will also no longer be under the control of the Indian Act. “I am very thankful to our members and their commitment to move the Whitecap Dakota Nation forward as a self-governing nation that is
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