The agreement not only fills in the gaps, the minister said, but it goes beyond that and, while there is still a lot of work to be done, both sides look forward to further progress. Whitecap Dakota First Nation and the Government of Canada celebrate the signing of a historic Framework Agreement. Whitecap Dakota First Nation Chief Darcy Bear took another step Monday to support the success of the reserve by unlocking even more opportunities and potential through the agreement. The Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs added that while it is committed to moving forward as effectively as possible, it cannot provide an exact timeline for the final agreement, it is possible to develop interim agreements. Contact us at email@example.com or 306-477-0908 Whitecap Dakota First Nation has signed a framework agreement with Canada to begin negotiations on the so-called Whitecap Dakota Treaty. Whitecap began the process of self-government on April 27, 2009, when the community gave Chief and Council the mandate to begin the process of withdrawing from the Indian Act. Since then, negotiations have taken place between the Canadian government and Whitecap Dakota First Nation to negotiate the terms of the self-government agreement. The primary objective of the Self-Government Initiative is to recognize the WDFN as a self-governing First Nation alongside the federal and provincial governments and to restore the balance of power to Whitecap Dakota First Nation. Self-government allows communities to shape their social and economic well-being. .