Dalyn Bear is a proud member of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation (WDFN). He was elected as Councillor of the First Nation in 2016. Previously, he served the First Nation as the Director of Lands and Taxation.
Dalyn serves as an Executive Board Director of the Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation (DDCDC) and First Nations Infrastructure Institution Development Board (FNII). In addition, Dalyn is a Director on many boards for the WDFN, including the Dakota Dunes Resort & Hotel, and the Whitecap Development Corporation which oversees several other of the First Nation’s businesses.
Dalyn received his Business Administration Diploma in 2010, an Indigenous People Resource Management Program Certificate in 2012 at the University of Saskatchewan and is certified by the National Aboriginal Land Managers Association Certification Program. He also holds a Certificate in First Nation Tax Administration from the Thompson River University. Dalyn is an alumnus of the Governor General’s Leadership Conference.
Dalyn is currently on the negotiating team for Whitecap Dakota’s self-government initiative and Whitecap Dakota’s Treaty implementation agreement. This work will position Whitecap to be recognized as its own government and Nation within Canada.
Dalyn has also devoted his time with developing a Whitecap Dakota Youth empowerment program which provides educational and employment support resources for youth aged 14 - 18. The program also aims to help youth build their confidence and cultural identity as Indigenous people.