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February 28, 2014 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Western Economic Diversification Canada

The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular) and Member of Parliament for Blackstrap, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, today announced federal funding of $200,000 for Whitecap Dakota First Nation’s work commissioning the Spirit of Alliance monument that recognizes and honours the contributions of the multicultural allies who participated in the War of 1812.

Whitecap Dakota First Nation led the commemoration of the 1812 Bicentennial in Saskatchewan which included commissioning the monument. The Dakota First Nation was an ally of the British in the war. The monument recognizes the contributions of the Dakota, Métis, Francophone and Anglophone, Ukrainian, German and British Canadians whose descendants now reside in the province. The piece will also recognize the war’s importance in the development of Canada.

Located in River Landing, the monument will also serve as tourism attraction for the Chief Whitecap Trail. It will increase awareness of the trail and the historical significance of those who participated in the War of 1812. The trail runs from Lake Diefenbaker to the City of Saskatoon and represents, historically, the area where the Whitecap Dakota spent time along the Saskatchewan River.

Quick Facts

  • Working with the City of Saskatoon’s Public Arts program and Visual Arts Placement Jury, Whitecap Dakota First Nation chose a team of local artists, Adrian Stimson, Jean-Sebastien Gauthier and Ian (Happy) Grove, to design the monument.
  • The monument will feature a life-sized tipi and bronze historical figures.


“Our Government is proud to be a part of the commemoration of the War of 1812. This monument will serve as a constant reminder of the many partnerships and alliances that laid the foundation of our nation.”

- The Honourable  Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular) and Member of Parliament for Blackstrap

“This War of 1812 monument uniquely commemorates the spirit of alliance that brought people of diverse backgrounds together to plant the seeds of our great nation. WDFN is grateful for the Government of Canada’s contribution to this commemorative project, which will serve to remind Canadians of the lasting legacy of this spirit of alliance.”

- Chief Darcy Bear, Whitecap First Nation

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Whitecap, Saskatchewan
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