Infobox Province or territory of Canada
Name = Saskatchewan
Fullname = Province of Saskatchewan
EntityAdjective = Provincial
Motto = "Multis e Gentibus Vires" (
Latin: "Strength from Many Peoples")
OfficialLang = English ("
Western Red Lily
Capital = Regina
ViceroyType = Lieutenant-Governor
PostalAbbreviation = SK
PostalCodePrefix = S
AreaRank = 7th
TotalArea_km2 = 651900
LandArea_km2 = 591670
WaterArea_km2 = 59366
PercentWater = 9.1
PopulationRank = 6th
Population = 1,010,146 (est.) [cite web | author= Statistics Canada|publisher= |title= Canada's population estimates 2008-06-25 |accessdate=2008-06-25
PopulationYear = 2008
DensityRank = 9th
Density_km2 = 1.67
GDP_year = 2006
GDP_total = C$45.051 billion [ [http://www40.statcan.ca/l01/cst01/econ15.htm Statistics Canada Gross domestic product, expenditure-based, by province and territory] ]
GDP_rank = 6th
GDP_per_capita = C$45,718
GDP_per_capita_rank = 5th
AdmittanceOrder = 9th (province)
September 1, 1905(Split from NWT)
TimeZone = UTC−6 (no
daylight saving time) Lloydminsterand vicinity: UTC−7 and "does" observe DST
HouseSeats = 14
SenateSeats = 6
ISOCode = CA-SK
Website = www.gov.sk.ca
Saskatchewan (IPAEng|səˈskætʃəwən, Audio|Saskatchewan.ogg|pronunciation) is a prairie province in
Canada, which has an area of 588,276.09 square kilometres (227,134.67 sq mi) and a population of 1,010,146 (according to 2008 estimates), mostly living in the southern half of the province. Of these, 233,923 live in the province's largest city, Saskatoon, while 194,971 live in the provincial capital, Regina. Other major cities, in order of size, are Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Yorkton, Swift Current, and North Battleford. The province's name comes from the Saskatchewan River, whose name comes from its Cree designation: "kisiskāciwani-sīpiy", meaning "swift flowing river". [http://geonames.nrcan.gc.ca/education/prov_e.php#sk Name Source from the Government of Canada] ]
From a great scale, Saskatchewan appears to be somewhat a
quadrilateral. However, because of its size, the 49th parallel boundary and the 60th northern border appear curved. Additionally, the eastern boundary of the province is partially crooked rather than following a line of longitude, as correction lines were devised by surveyors prior to the homestead program (1880–1928). Saskatchewan is bounded on the west by Alberta, on the north by the Northwest Territories, on the east by Manitoba, and on the south by the U.S. states of Montanaand North Dakota. Saskatchewan has the distinction of being the only Canadian province for which no borders correspond to physical geographic features. It is also one of only two provinces that are land-locked, the other being Alberta.
Saskatchewan contains two major natural regions: the
Canadian Shieldin the north and the Interior Plainsin the south. Northern Saskatchewan is mostly covered by boreal forestexcept for the Lake Athabasca Sand Dunes, the largest active sand dunes in the world north of 58°, adjacent to the southern shore of Lake Athabasca. Southern Saskatchewan contains another area with sand dunes known as the " Great Sand Hills" covering over convert|300|km2|sqmi|-1. The Cypress Hills, located in the southwestern corner of Saskatchewan and Killdeer Badlands ( GrasslandsNational Park) are areas of the province that remained unglaciated during the last glaciation period. The province's highest point at 1,468 metres (4,816 ft) is located in the Cypress Hills. The lowest point is the shore of Lake Athabasca, at 213 metres (700 ft). The province has fourteen major drainage basins [ [http://esask.uregina.ca/entry/hydrology.html Hydrology] from The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan] made up of various rivers and watersheds draining into the Arctic Ocean, Hudson Bay, and Gulf of Mexico.
Saskatchewan lies far from any significant body of water. This, combined with its northerly latitude gives it a cold summer version of
humid continental climate(Köppen type "Dfb") in the central and most of the eastern part, drying off to a semi-aridsteppe climate (Köppen type "BSk") in the southern and southwestern part of the province. The northern parts of Saskatchewan—from about La Ronge northward—have a subarctic climate(Köppen "Dfc"). Summers can be very hot, with temperatures sometimes above 32 °C (90 °F) during the day, and humidity decreasing from northeast to southwest. Warm southern winds blow from the United Statesduring much of July and August. While winters can be bitterly cold, with high temperatures not breaking −17 °C (0 °F) for weeks at a time, warm chinook windsoften blow from the west, bringing periods of mild weather. Annual precipitation averages 30 to 45 centimetres (12 to 18 in) annually across the province, with the bulk of rain falling in June, July, and August. [http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/CAXX0442?from=search]
European settlement, Saskatchewan was populated by various indigenous peoples of North Americaincluding members of the Athabaskan, Algonquian, Atsina, Cree, Saulteauxand Siouxtribes. The first European to enter Saskatchewan was Henry Kelseyin 1690, who travelled up the Saskatchewan River in hopes of trading fur with the province's indigenous peoples. The first permanent European settlement was a Hudson's Bay Companypost at Cumberland House founded by Samuel Hearnein 1774.
In the late 1850s and early 1860s, scientific expeditions led by
John Palliserand Henry Youle Hindexplored the prairie region of the province.
In the 1870s, the Government of Canada formed the
Northwest Territoriesto administer the vast territory between British Columbiaand Manitoba. The government also entered into a series of numbered treaties with the indigenous peoples of the area, which serve as the basis of the relationship between First Nations, as they are called today, and the Crown.
In 1885, post-Confederation Canada's first "naval battle" was fought in Saskatchewan, when a steamship engaged the Métis at Batoche in the
North-West Rebellion. [ [http://www.virtualsk.com/current_issue/batoche.html Batoche] by Dave Yanko]
A seminal event in the history of what was to become Western Canada was the 1874 "March West" of the federal government's new
North-West Mounted Police. Despite poor equipment and lack of provisions, the men on the march persevered and established a federal presence in the new territory. Historians have argued that had this expedition been unsuccessful, then the expansionist United States would have been sorely tempted to expand into the political vacuum. And even had it not, then the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railwaywould have been delayed or taken a different, more northerly route, stunting the early growth of towns like Brandon, Regina, Medicine Hat and Calgary — had these existed at all. Failure to construct the railway could also have forced British Columbiato join the United States.
Settlement of the province started to take off as the Canadian Pacific Railway was built in the early 1880s, and the Canadian government divided up the land by the
Dominion Land Surveyand gave free land to any willing settlers.
The North-West Mounted Police set up several posts and forts across Saskatchewan including
Fort Walshin the Cypress Hills, and Wood Mountain Post in south central Saskatchewan near the United States border.
In 1876, following the
Battle of Little Bighorn Lakotachief Sitting Bullled several thousand of his people to Wood Mountain. Wood Mountain Reserve was founded in 1914. Many Métis people, who had not been signatories to a treaty, had moved to the Southbranch Settlementand Prince Albert district north of present-day Saskatoon following the Red River Resistancein Manitoba in 1870. In the early 1880s, the Canadian government refused to hear the Métis' grievances, which stemmed from land-use issues. Finally, in 1885, the Métis, led by Louis Riel, staged the North-West Rebellionand declared a provisional government. They were defeated by a Canadian militia brought to the Canadian prairiesby the new Canadian Pacific Railway. Riel surrendered and was convicted of treason in a packed Regina courtroom. He was hanged on November 16, 1885.
As more settlers came to the prairies on the railway, the population grew, and Saskatchewan became a province on
September 1, 1905; inauguration day was held September 4.
The Homestead Act permitted settlers to acquire ¼ mi² of land to homestead and offered an additional quarter upon establishing a homestead. Immigration peaked in 1910, and in spite of the initial difficulties of frontier life, distance from towns, sod homes, and backbreaking labour, a prosperous agrarian society was established.
In 1913, the [http://www.saskatchewanstockgrowers.com/ Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association] was established as Saskatchewan's first ranchers' organization. Three objectives were laid out at the founding convention in 1913 have served as a guide: to watch over legislation; to forward the interests of the Stock Growers in every honourable and legitimate way; and to suggest to parliament legislation to meet changing conditions and requirements. Its farming equivalent, the Saskatchewan Grain Growers Association, was the dominant political force in the province until the 1920s and had close ties with the governing Liberal party.
In the late 1920s, the
Ku Klux Klanimported from the U.S. and Ontario and gained brief popularity in WASP nativist circles in Saskatchewan and Alberta. The Klan, briefly allied with the provincial Conservative party because of their mutual dislike for Premier James G. "Jimmy" Gardiner and his Liberals (who ferociously fought the Klan) enjoyed about two years of prominence, then disappeared, the victim of widespread political and media opposition plus scandals involving their own funds.
In 1970, the first annual Canadian Western Agribition was held in Regina. This farm industry trade show, with a heavy emphasis on livestock, is rated as one of the five top livestock shows in North America, along with those in Houston, Denver, Louisville and
According to the 2006 Canadian census, [ [http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/highlights/ethnic/pages/Page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo=PR&Code=47&Table=2&Data=Count&StartRec=1&Sort=3&Display=All Ethnic origins, 2006 counts, for Canada, provinces and territories - 20% sample data] ] the largest ethnic group in Saskatchewan is German (30.0%), followed by English (26.5%), Scottish (19.2%), Irish (15.3%), Ukrainian (13.6%), French (12.4%),
First Nations(12.1%), Norwegian (7.2%), Polish (6.0%), Métis (4.4%), Dutch (3.7%), Russian (3.7%) and Swedish (3.5%) - although 18.1% of all respondents also identified their ethnicity as "Canadian".
The Tabulated Data covers the previous fiscal year (e.g. 2008 covers April 1, 2007 - March 31, 2008).All data is in $1,000s.
1 These values reflect estimates made after the first quarter (April 1st - June 30th).
2 These values reflect the estimated population at the end of the previous fiscal year.
3 These values reflect the debt of the General Revenue Fund alone. It does not reflect the debt of Government Service Organizations (Health Authorities, Crop Insurance Corporation, etc.) or Government Service Enterprises (Crown Corporations).
Government of Saskatchewan." [ [http://www.gov.sk.ca/finance/paccts/default.htm Public Accounts of Saskatchewan] . Government of Saskatchewan. Last accessed June 27, 2008.]
Government and politics
Saskatchewan has the same form of government [Cite web| url= http://www.gov.sk.ca | title= official page | author= Government of Saskatchewan| accessdate=2007-02-15] as the other Canadian provinces with a lieutenant-governor (who is the representative of the Crown in Right of Saskatchewan),
premier, and a unicameral legislature.
For many years, Saskatchewan has been one of Canada's more liberal provinces, reflecting many of its citizens' feelings of alienation from the interests of large capital. In 1944
Tommy Douglasbecame premier of the first avowedly socialist regional government in North America. Most of his Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) represented rural and small-town ridings. Under his Cooperative Commonwealth Federationgovernment, Saskatchewan became the first province to have Medicare. In 1961, Douglas left provincial politics to become the first leader of the federal New Democratic Party.
Provincial politics in Saskatchewan is dominated by the New Democrats and the
Saskatchewan Party. Numerous smaller political parties also run candidates in provincial elections, including the Liberal Party, the Green Party and the Progressive Conservative Party, but none is currently represented in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. After 16 years of New Democratic governments under premiers Roy Romanowand Lorne Calvert, the recent 2007 provincial election was won by the Saskatchewan Party under Brad Wall.
Federally, the province has been a stronghold of the New Democratic Party, although recent elections have been dominated by the Conservative Party. Of the 14 federal constituencies in Saskatchewan, 12 were won by members of the Conservative Party of Canada in 2006, and 13 of 14 were won by Conservatives in 2004, while the federal New Democratic Party has been shut out of the province for two consecutive elections. Since the resignation of
Gary Merastyfrom the House of Commons, the only Liberal Member of Parliament in the province is former Finance Minister Ralph Goodale.
Politically, the province is characterized by a dramatic urban-
ruralsplit — the federal and provincial New Democratic Party dominate in the cities, while the Saskatchewan Party and the federal Conservatives are stronger in the rural parts of the province. Fact|date=February 2008 While both Saskatoon and Regina (Saskatchewan's largest cities) are roughly twice the population of an urban riding in Canada, both are split into multiple ridings that blend them with rural communities.
Ten largest municipalities by populationThis list does not include
Lloydminster, which has a total population of 24,028 but straddles the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. As of 2006, only 8,118 people lived on the Saskatchewan side, which would make it Saskatchewan's 11th largest municipality. All of the listed communities are considered cities by the province, with the exception of Corman Park, which is a rural municipality. Municipalities in the province with a population of 5,000 or more can receive official city status.
The first education on the prairies was learned within the family group of the first nation or early fur trading family settlers. There were only a few missionary or trading post schools established in
Rupert's Landlater known as the North West Territories.
The first 76
North West Territoriesschool districts and the first Board of Education meeting formed in 1886. The pioneering boom formed ethnic bloc settlements. Communities were seeking education for their children similar to the schools of their home land. Log cabins, and dwellings were constructed for the assembly of the community, school, church, dances and meetings.
roaring twentiesand established farmers who have successfully proved up on their homesteads helped provide funding to standardize education. Fact|date=February 2008 Text books, normal schools for formally educated teachers, school curricula, state of the art school house architectural plans, provided continuity throughout the province. English as the school language helped to provide economic stability because one community could communicate with another and goods could be traded and sold in a common language. The number of one-room school house districts across Saskatchewan totalled approximately 5,000 at the height of the one-room school house educational system in the late 1940s. Fact|date=February 2008
World War II, the transition from many one room school houses to fewer and larger consolidated modern technological town and city schools occurred as a means of ensuring technical education. School buses, highways, and family vehicles create ease and accessibility of a population shift to larger towns and cities. Combines and tractors mean that the farmer could successfully manage more than a quarter section of land, so there was a shift from family farms and subsistence cropsto cash cropsgrown on many sections of land. School vouchershave been newly proposed as a means of allowing competition between rural schools and making the operation of co-operativeschools practicable in rural areas.
Saskatchewan's flag was officially dedicated on
September 22, 1969. The flag features the Armorial Bearing (Coat-of-Arms) in the upper quarter nearest the staff, with the floral emblem, the Prairie Lily, in the fly. The upper green half of the flag represents the northern Saskatchewan forest lands, while the gold lower half symbolizes the southern prairie wheat fields. A province-wide competition was held to design the flag, and drew over 4,000 entries. The winning design was by Anthony Drake, then living in Hodgeville. [cite web | title = Saskatchewan, flag of | publisher = Encyclopedia Brittanica | url = http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1355491/Saskatchewan-flag-of | date = 2008 | accessdate = 2008-07-09]
Saskatchewan's heraldic shield contains a red lion on a yellow field, reversing the conventional heraldic colours, indicating the prairie fires of this region during the pre-settlement North-West Territories.
tartanwas registered with the Court of Lord Lyon King of Arms in Scotlandin 1961. It has seven colours: gold, brown, green, red, yellow, white and black.
In 2005, Saskatchewan celebrated its centennial. To honour it the
Royal Canadian Mintissued a commemorative five-dollar coin depicting Canada's wheat fields as well as a circulation 25-cent coin of a similar design. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburghvisited Regina, Saskatoon and Lumsden, and the Saskatchewan-reared Joni Mitchellissued an album in Saskatchewan's honour.
Saskatchewan's medical health system is widely characterised as "socialized medicine," with medical practitioners in Saskatchewan, as in other Canadian provinces, remitting their accounts to the publicly funded Saskatchewan Medical Care Insurance Plan rather than to patients. [ [http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/benefits-bill-payment How Saskatchewan Health Pays Your Bill - Health - Government of Saskatchewan] ] Unlike in Medicare in Australia or the
National Health Services in the United Kingdom, which also have universal health care schemes, doctors are not permitted directly to supercharge patients over and above the statutory tariff for their services, and supplementary private health insurance is banned.
The most famous representations of Saskatchewan in modern popular culture come from the popular Canadian television sitcoms "
Corner Gas" and " Little Mosque on the Prairie", both of which are set in small towns. The novels of W. O. Mitchell, Sinclair Ross, Frederick Philip Grove, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Michael Helmand Gail Bowenare also frequently set in Saskatchewan.
The English naturalist "
Grey Owl" spent much of his life living and studying in what is now Prince Albert National Park. The Arrogant Wormssong "The Last Saskatchewan Pirate" about a disgruntled farmer who takes up piracy on the namesake river, mentions various parts of the Province such as Saskatoon, Regina and Moose Jaw
Looney Tunescartoon circa 1957 titled "Ali Baba Bunny", a character Hassan who has been charged with protecting the treasure in Ali Baba's cave forgets the pass phrase "Open Sesame" and, while trying out various words, says "Open Saskatchewan" [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050111/quotes]
Québécoisband Les Trois Accordsrecorded a song in French called Saskatchewan on their first album Gros Mammouth Album. It was the third single of that album and met moderate success in French Canada.
Arts and culture
;Museums and galleries
* [http://dlric.org/museum.html Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre]
* [http://mackenzieartgallery.sk.ca/ MacKenzie Art Gallery]
Mendel Art Gallery
* [http://saskmuseums.org Museums Association of Saskatchewan]
Shurniak Art Gallery
RCMP Heritage Centre
* [http://royalsaskmuseum.ca/ Royal Saskatchewan Museum]
Saskatchewan Western Development Museum
* [http://umc.sk.ca/ Ukrainian Museum of Canada]
Neutral Ground Artist-Run Centre and Soil Digital Media Suite, Regina
The Gallery on Sherbrooke, Wolseley;Artists
Dr William Hobbs, prairie and railways painter.
Joe Fafard, sculptor
Rod and Denyse Simair, crystalline porceline artists, winners of multiple world-wide awards
Law and order
* Estevan Police Service
* File Hills First Nation Police Service
* Moose Jaw Police Service
* Prince Albert Police Service
Regina Police Service
* RM of Corman Park Police Service
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Saskatoon Police Service
* Weyburn Police Service
Pine Grove Correctional Centre
Prince Albert Correctional Centre
Regina Correctional Centre
Paul Dojack Youth Centre
Saskatoon correctional centre
Culture of Saskatchewan
Tourism in Saskatchewan
*45561 "Saskatchewan" British Jubilee Class locomotive named after the province.
District of Assiniboia
Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
List of airports in Saskatchewan
List of Canadian provincial and territorial symbols
List of cities in Canada
List of communities in Saskatchewan
List of Leaders of the Opposition in Saskatchewan
List of rural municipalities in Saskatchewan
List of Saskatchewan general elections
List of Saskatchewan lieutenant-governors
List of Saskatchewan premiers
List of Saskatchewan-related topics
List of Saskatchewan rivers
List of towns in Saskatchewan
Monarchy in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Film and Video Classification Board
Scouting in Saskatchewan
The Saskatchewan Act
* Archer, John H. "Saskatchewan: A History." Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1980. 422 pp.
* Bennett, John W. and Kohl, Seena B. "Settling the Canadian-American West, 1890-1915: Pioneer Adaptation and Community Building. An Anthropological History. " U. of Nebraska Pr., 1995. 311 pp.
* Bill Waiser. "Saskatchewan: A New History" (2006)
* Bocking, D. H., ed. "Pages from the Past: Essays on Saskatchewan History." Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1979. 299 pp.
* LaPointe, Richard and Tessier, Lucille. "The Francophones of Saskatchewan: A History." Regina: U. of Regina, Campion Coll., 1988. 329 pp.
* Lipset, Seymour M. "Agrarian Socialism: The Cooperative Commonwealth Federation in Saskatchewan: A Study in Political Sociology," University of California Press, 1950.
* Martin, Robin "Shades of Right: Nativist and Fascist Politics in Canada, 1920-1940", University of Toronto Press, 1992.
* Smith, David E., ed. "Building a Province: A History of Saskatchewan in Documents." Saskatoon: Fifth House, 1993. 443 pp.
* Smith, Dennis. "Rogue Tory: The Life and Legend of John G. Diefenbaker." Toronto: Macfarlane Walter & Ross, 1995. 702 pp.
* [http://archives.cbc.ca/IDD-1-69-1931/life_society/saskatchewan_100/ CBC Digital Archives - Saskatchewan @ 100]
* [http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/sk/index_e.htm Royal Canadian Mounted Police]
* [http://www.gov.sk.ca Government of Saskatchewan]
* [http://www.saskatchewan.ca Saskatchewan!]
* [http://www.sasktourism.com/ SaskTourism]
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