Whitecap is a modern and progressive First Nation with a proud culture, a strong sense of community, and has an active interest in establishing mutually beneficial relationships in support of our exciting plans for community development.
The Dakota have a long standing history of bridging relationships in aid of their allies. Events and activities commemorating the War of 1812 are meant to honour and acknowledge our alliance with the British Crown—an alliance that extends back to the eighteenth century. The 1812 projects also attests to the legacy left by Chief Whitecap and John Lake, as it is built on partnership among various Saskatoon communities, including the City of Saskatoon.
Whitecap has taken the lead in coordinating events and activities commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Our plans are heavily focused around educational and interactive elements.
Central to this will be the important role that the Dakota played throughout this conflict, as well as the contribution of multicultural allies, whose descendants now reside in Western Canada.
The War of 1812 Bicentennial has provided Whitecap Dakota First Nation with a great opportunity to tell the story of the Dakota contribution to the humble beginnings of our nation. But it is also a story that belongs to all of us. It is a testament to the spirit of alliance that was forged in 1812 and continues today.