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("Strength from Many Peoples")English language>English{{citation needed|date=March 2019}}Saskatchewanian is the prevalent demonym, and is used by the Government of Saskatchewan. According to the Oxford Guide to Canadian English Usage ({{ISBN>0-19-541619-8}}; p. 335), Saskatchewaner is also in use. also Saskatchewanite| Flower = Western red lily| Tree = Paper birch| Bird = Sharp-tailed grouseRegina, Saskatchewan>Regina| LargestCity = SaskatoonSaskatoon Metropolitan Area>Saskatoon metropolitan area| Premier = Scott Moe| PremierParty = Saskatchewan Party| Viceroy = Russell Mirasty| ViceroyType = Lieutenant governor| Legislature = Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan| PostalAbbreviation = SKList of S Postal Codes of Canada>S| AreaRank = 7th| TotalArea_km2 = 651900| LandArea_km2 = 591670| WaterArea_km2 = 59366| PercentWater = 9.1| PopulationRank = 6th| Population = 1098352 WORK=STATISTICS CANADA ACCESSDATE=APRIL 30, 2017, | PopulationYear = 2016| Population_est = 1169131| Pop_est_as_of = 2019 Q2 PUBLISHER=STATISTICS CANADA ACCESSDATE=SEPTEMBER 29, 2018, | DensityRank = 9thPUBLISHER=STATCAN.GC.CA ACCESSDATE=FEBRUARY 8, 2012, | GDP_year = 2015 PUBLISHER=STATISTICS CANADA ACCESSDATE=JANUARY 26, 2017, | GDP_rank = 5th| GDP_per_capita = C$70,138| GDP_per_capita_rank = 4th| AdmittanceOrder = 8th/9th, simultaneously with AlbertaNorthwest Territories>NWT)Central Time Zone>Central: Coordinated Universal Time−6, Time in Saskatchewan>year-round in most areasMountain Time Zone: Coordinated Universal Time>UTC-7/-6, Lloydminster and nearby areas| HouseSeats = 14| SenateSeats = 6| ISOCode = CA-SK| Website =weblink}}Saskatchewan ({{IPAc-en|audio=Saskatchewan.ogg|s|É™|ˈ|s|k|æ|tʃ|É™|w|É™|n|,_|s|æ|-|,_|-|w|É’|n}}) is a prairie and boreal province in western Canada, the only province without a natural border. It has an area of {{convert|651900|km2|-2}}, nearly 10 percent of which ({{convert|59366|km2|-2}}) is fresh water, composed mostly of rivers, reservoirs, and the province's 100,000 lakes.Saskatchewan is bordered on the west by Alberta, on the north by the Northwest Territories, on the east by Manitoba, to the northeast by Nunavut, and on the south by the U.S. states of Montana and North Dakota. As of Q2 2019, Saskatchewan's population was estimated at 1,169,131.WEB,weblink Estimates of population, Canada, provinces and territories, Statistics Canada, December 18, 2013, January 29, 2013, Residents primarily live in the southern prairie half of the province, while the northern boreal half is mostly forested and sparsely populated. Of the total population, roughly half live in the province's largest city Saskatoon, or the provincial capital Regina. Other notable cities include Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Yorkton, Swift Current, North Battleford, Melfort, and the border city Lloydminster (partially within Alberta).WEB,weblink Statistics Canada, Quarterly demographic estimates, 2009, Statcan.gc.ca, December 23, 2009, February 23, 2011, Saskatchewan is a landlocked province with large distances to moderating bodies of waters. As a result, its climate is extremely continental, rendering severe winters throughout the province. Southern areas have very warm or hot summers. Midale and Yellow Grass near the U.S. border are tied for the highest ever recorded temperatures in Canada with {{convert|45|C|F}} observed at both locations on July 5, 1937.WEB,weblink Midale Climate Normals 1971–2000, Environment Canada, October 2, 2015, WEB,weblink Yellow Grass Climate Normals 1971–2000, Environment Canada, October 2, 2015, In winter, temperatures below {{convert|-45|C|F}} are possible even in the south during extreme cold snaps.Saskatchewan has been inhabited for thousands of years by various indigenous groups, and first explored by Europeans in 1690 and settled in 1774. It became a province in 1905, carved out from the vast North-West Territories, which had until then included most of the Canadian Prairies. In the early 20th century the province became known as a stronghold for Canadian social democracy; North America's first social-democratic government was elected in 1944. The province's economy is based on agriculture, mining, and energy. The former Lieutenant Governor, Thomas Molloy, died in office on July 2, 2019.Thomas Piller, "Saskatchewan Lt.-Gov. W. Thomas Molloy passes away" Global News, July 2, 2019. On July 17, 2019, the federal government announced the appointment of Russell Mirasty, former Assistant Commissioner with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as the new Lieutenant Governor.Ethan Williams, "Russ Mirasty named Lieutenant-Governor, Sask.'s first Indigenous LG", Regina Leader Post, July 17, 2019. The current premier is Scott Moe.In 1992, the federal and provincial governments signed a historic land claim agreement with First Nations in Saskatchewan. The First Nations received compensation and were permitted to buy land on the open market for the bands; they have acquired about {{convert|3079|km2|acre mi2}}, now reserve lands. Some First Nations have used their settlement to invest in urban areas, including Saskatoon."Treaty Land Entitlement â€“ The English River Story, Saskatchewan" {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20120714032629weblink |date=July 14, 2012 }}, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, accessed November 25, 2011

Etymology

Its name derived from the Saskatchewan River. The river was known as ("swift flowing river") in the Cree language.WEB,weblink Government of Canada, Geonames.nrcan.gc.ca, September 18, 2007, February 23, 2011, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080604204017weblink">weblink June 4, 2008, mdy-all,

Geography

(File:Saskatchewan Topographic.png|right|thumb|Topographic map of Saskatchewan)As Saskatchewan's borders largely follow the geographic coordinates of longitude and latitude, the province is roughly a quadrilateral, or a shape with four sides. However, the 49th parallel boundary and the 60th northern border appear curved on globes and many maps. 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 part of the Western Provinces and is bounded on the west by Alberta, on the north by the Northwest Territories, on the north-east by Nunavut, on the east by Manitoba, and on the south by the U.S. states of Montana and North Dakota. Saskatchewan has the distinction of being the only Canadian province for which no borders correspond to physical geographic features (i.e. they are all parallels and meridians). Along with Alberta, Saskatchewan is one of only two land-locked provinces.The overwhelming majority of Saskatchewan's population is located in the southern third of the province, south of the 53rd parallel.Saskatchewan contains two major natural regions: the Boreal Forest in the north and the Prairies in the south. They are separated by an aspen parkland transition zone near the North Saskatchewan River on the western side of the province, and near to south of the Saskatchewan River on the eastern side. Northern Saskatchewan is mostly covered by forest except for the Lake Athabasca Sand Dunes, the largest active sand dunes in the world north of 58°, and 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 (Grasslands National Park), are areas of the province that were unglaciated during the last glaciation period, the Wisconsin glaciation.The province's highest point, at {{convert|1392|m|ft}}, is located in the Cypress Hills less than 2 km from the provincial boundary with Alberta.WEB,weblink Saskatchewan High Point, Peakbagger.com, August 17, 2014, The lowest point is the shore of Lake Athabasca, at {{convert|213|m|ft}}. The province has 14 major drainage basins made up of various rivers and watersheds draining into the Arctic Ocean, Hudson Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.Hydrology from The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan

Climate

File:Saskatchewan Köppen.svg|thumb|Köppen climate types of Saskatchewan]]Saskatchewan receives more hours of sunshine than any other Canadian province.WEB, National Climate Data,weblink Environment Canada, July 17, 2011, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120119055015weblink">weblink January 19, 2012, The province lies far from any significant body of water. This fact, combined with its northerly latitude, gives it a warm summer, corresponding to its humid continental climate (Köppen type Dfb) in the central and most of the eastern parts of the province, as well as the Cypress Hills; drying off to a semi-arid steppe climate (Köppen type BSk) in the southwestern part of the province. Drought can affect agricultural areas during long periods with little or no precipitation at all. The northern parts of Saskatchewan – from about La Ronge northward – have a subarctic climate (Köppen Dfc) with a shorter summer season. Summers can get very hot, sometimes above {{convert|38|°C|°F|abbr=on}} during the day, and with humidity decreasing from northeast to southwest. Warm southern winds blow from the plains and intermontane regions of the Western United States during much of July and August, very cool or hot but changeable air masses often occur during spring and in September. Winters are usually bitterly cold, with frequent Arctic air descending from the north.WEB,weblink 2008/12/23, Four PM, December 23, 2008first=Tim, English just doesn’t have words to describe cold of that intensity. I was appropriately dressed but am still a mild-climate West Coast Wimp, and the cold hurt me wherever it touched me; and it tried really hard to find chinks in my clothing's armor to penetrate and hurt.-17°Fchinook winds often blow from the west, bringing periods of mild weather. Annual precipitation averages 30 to 45 centimetres (12 to 18 inches) 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 PUBLISHER=WEATHER.COM ACCESSDATE=FEBRUARY 23, 2011, Saskatchewan is one of the most tornado-active parts of Canada, averaging roughly 12 to 18 tornadoes per year, some violent. In 2012, 33 tornadoes were reported in the province. The Regina Cyclone took place in June 1912 when 28 people died in an F4 Fujita scale tornado. Severe and non-severe thunderstorm events occur in Saskatchewan, usually from early spring to late summer. Hail, strong winds and isolated tornadoes are a common occurrence.The hottest temperature ever recorded anywhere in Canada happened in Saskatchewan. The temperature rose to {{convert|45|C}} in Midale and Yellow Grass. The coldest ever recorded in the province was {{convert|−56.7|C}} in Prince Albert, which is north of Saskatoon.The effects of climate change in Saskatchewan are now being observed in parts of the province. There is evidence of reduction of biomass in Saskatchewan's boreal forests{{citation needed|date=November 2012}} (as with those of other Canadian prairie provinces) is linked by researchers to drought-related water stress, stemming from global warming, most likely caused by greenhouse gas emissions. While studies, as early as 1988 (Williams, et al., 1988) have shown climate change will affect agriculture,Williams, G.D.V., R.A. Fautley, K.H. Jones, R.B. Stewart, and E.E. Wheaton. 1988. "Estimating Effects of Climatic Change on Agriculture in Saskatchewan, Canada." p. 219-379. In M.L. Parry et al. (ed.) The Impact of Climatic Variations on Agriculture. Vol. 1 Assessment in Cool Temperate and Cold Regions. Reidel Publ. Co. Dordrecht. whether the effects can be mitigated through adaptations of cultivars, or crops, is less clear. Resiliency of ecosystems may decline with large changes in temperature.Riebsame. W.E. (1991). "Sustainability of the Great Plains in an Uncertain Climate."{{dead link|date=September 2017 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }} Great Plains Research Vol.1 No.1, University of Nebraska The provincial government has responded to the threat of climate change by introducing a plan to reduce carbon emissions, "The Saskatchewan Energy and Climate Change Plan," in June 2007.{| class="wikitable sortable" style="width:60%; font-size:95%;"Average daily maximum and minimum temperatures for selected cities in SaskatchewanHTTP://CLIMATE.WEATHEROFFICE.GC.CA/WELCOME_E.HTML, National Climate Data and Information Archive, Environment Canada, September 2, 2010, !City!July (°C)!July (°F)!January (°C)!January (°F)Maple Creek, Saskatchewan>Maple Creek 27/11 81/52 −5/−16 23/4Estevan >| 16/−4Weyburn >| 14/−6Moose Jaw >| 18/−2Regina, Saskatchewan>Regina 26/11 79/52 −10/−22 14/−8Saskatoon >| 10/−8Melville, Saskatchewan>Melville 25/11 77/52 −12/−23 10/−9Swift Current >| 19/1Humboldt, Saskatchewan>Humboldt 24/11 75/52 −12/−23 10/−9Melfort, Saskatchewan>Melfort 24/11 75/52 −14/−23 7/−9North Battleford >| 10/−8Yorkton 24/11 75/52 −13/−23 9/−9Lloydminster >| 14/−2Prince Albert, Saskatchewan>Prince Albert 24/11 75/52 −13/−25 9/−13

History

File:Henry Kelsey sees the buffalo on the western plains.jpg|left|upright|thumb|Henry Kelsey observing bisons on the western plains. Kelsey is believed to the first European to visit Saskatchewan.]]Saskatchewan has been populated by various indigenous peoples of North America, including members of the Sarcee, Niitsitapi, Atsina, Cree, Saulteaux, Assiniboine (Nakoda), Lakota and Sioux. The first known European to enter Saskatchewan was Henry Kelsey in 1690, who travelled up the Saskatchewan River in hopes of trading fur with the region's indigenous peoples. The first permanent European settlement was a Hudson's Bay Company post at Cumberland House, founded in 1774 by Samuel Hearne.JOURNAL, 2094753, 2000, Houston, C. S., The first smallpox epidemic on the Canadian Plains: In the fur-traders' words, The Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases, 11, 2, 112–115, Houston, S., 18159275, In 1762 the south of the province was part of the Spanish Louisiana until 1802.WEB,weblink Louisiana Purchase, Encyclopædia Britannica,

19th century

In 1803 the Louisiana Purchase transferred from France to the United States part of what is now Alberta and Saskatchewan. In 1818 the U.S. ceded the area to Britain. Most of what is now Saskatchewan was part of Rupert's Land and controlled by the Hudson's Bay Company, which claimed rights to all watersheds flowing into Hudson Bay, including the Saskatchewan River, Churchill, Assiniboine, Souris, and Qu'Appelle River systems.In the late 1850s and early 1860s, scientific expeditions led by John Palliser and Henry Youle Hind explored the prairie region of the province.File:North-western-territory.png|thumb|From 1670 to 1870, most of Saskatchewan formed a part Rupert's Land, while its northern portions was a part of the North-Western TerritoryNorth-Western TerritoryIn 1870, Canada acquired the Hudson's Bay Company's territories and formed the North-West Territories to administer the vast territory between British Columbia and Manitoba. The Crown 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. Since the late twentieth century, land losses and inequities as a result of those treaties have been subject to negotiation for settlement between the First Nations in Saskatchewan and the federal government, in collaboration with provincial governments.In 1876, following their defeat of United States Army forces at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana Territory in the United States, the Lakota Chief Sitting Bull led several thousand of his people to Wood Mountain. Survivors and descendants founded Wood Mountain Reserve in 1914.The North-West Mounted Police set up several posts and forts across Saskatchewan, including Fort Walsh in the Cypress Hills, and Wood Mountain Post in south-central Saskatchewan near the United States border.File:Battle of Batoche Print by Seargent Grundy.jpg|thumb|left|The Battle of Batoche was a battle during the North-West RebellionNorth-West RebellionMany Métis people, who had not been signatories to a treaty, had moved to the Southbranch Settlement and Prince Albert district north of present-day Saskatoon following the Red River Rebellion in 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 Rebellion and declared a provisional government. They were defeated by a Canadian militia brought to the Canadian prairies by the new Canadian Pacific Railway. Riel, who surrendered and was convicted of treason in a packed Regina courtroom, was hanged on November 16, 1885. Since then, the government has recognized the Métis as an aboriginal people with status rights and provided them with various benefits.

European settlements

The national policy set by the federal government, the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Hudson's Bay Company and associated land companies encouraged immigration. The Dominion Lands Act of 1872 permitted settlers to acquire one quarter of a square mile of land to homestead and offered an additional quarter upon establishing a homestead. In 1874, the North-West Mounted Police began providing police services. In 1876, the North-West Territories Act provided for appointment, by the Ottawa, of a Lieutenant Governor and a Council to assist him.BOOK, Howard A. Leeson, Saskatchewan Politics: Into the Twenty-first Century,weblink 2001, U of Regina Press, 116, 9780889771314, File:Ad to attract Immigrants to wheat belt in 1898.jpg|thumb|An ad to attract immigrants to Western CanadaWestern CanadaHighly optimistic advertising campaigns promoted the benefits of prairie living. Potential immigrants read leaflets information painted Canada as a veritable garden of Eden and downplayed the need for agricultural expertise. Ads in The Nor'-West Farmer by the Commissioner of Immigration implied that western land was blessed with water, wood, gold, silver, iron, copper, and cheap coal for fuel, all of which were readily at hand. Reality was far harsher, especially for the first arrivals who lived in sod houses. However eastern money poured in and by 1913, long term mortgage loans to Saskatchewan farmers had reached $65 million.Sandra Rollings-Magnusson, "Canada's Most Wanted: Pioneer Women on the Western Prairies." Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology 2000 37(2): 223–238; W. T. Easterbrook, Farm Credit in Canada 1938.The dominant groups comprised British settlers from eastern Canada and Britain, who comprised about half of the population during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They played the leading role in establishing the basic institutions of plains society, economy and government.Peter Bush, Western Challenge: The Presbyterian Church in Canada's Mission on the Prairies and North, 1885–1925. (2000); Marjory Harper, "Probing the Pioneer Questionnaires: British Settlement in Saskatchewan, 1887–1914." Saskatchewan History 2000 52(2): 28–46. Issn: 0036-4908

20th century

Gender roles were sharply defined. Men were primarily responsible for breaking the land; planting and harvesting; building the house; buying, operating and repairing machinery; and handling finances. At first, there were many single men on the prairie, or husbands whose wives were still back east, but they had a hard time. They realized the need for a wife. In 1901, there were 19,200 families, but this surged to 150,300 families only 15 years later. Wives played a central role in settlement of the prairie region. Their labor, skills, and ability to adapt to the harsh environment proved decisive in meeting the challenges. They prepared bannock, beans and bacon, mended clothes, raised children, cleaned, tended the garden, helped at harvest time and nursed everyone back to health. While prevailing patriarchal attitudes, legislation, and economic principles obscured women's contributions, the flexibility exhibited by farm women in performing productive and nonproductive labor was critical to the survival of family farms, and thus to the success of the wheat economy.Sandra Rollings-Magnusson, "Canada's Most Wanted: Pioneer Women on the Western Prairies." Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology (2000) 37#2: 223–238; E. Rowles, "Bannock, beans and bacon: An investigation of pioneer diet." Saskatchewan History, (1952) 1#1 pp. 1–16.(File:Banquet celebrating new province of Saskatchewan.jpg|thumb|A banquet held commemorating the creation of Saskatchewan, 1905.)On September 1, 1905, Saskatchewan became a province, with inauguration day held September 4. Its political leaders at the time proclaimed its destiny was to become Canada's most powerful province. Saskatchewan embarked on an ambitious province-building program based on its Anglo-Canadian culture and wheat production for the export market. Population quintupled from 91,000 in 1901 to 492,000 to 1911, thanks to heavy immigration of farmers from the Ukraine, U.S., Germany and Scandinavia. Efforts were made to assimilate the newcomers to British Canadian culture and values.James M. Pitsula, "Disparate Duo" Beaver 2005 85(4): 14–24.In the 1905 provincial elections, Liberals won 16 of 25 seats in Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan government bought out Bell Telephone Company in 1909, with the government owning the long-distance lines and left local service to small companies organized at the municipal level.Ronald S. Love, "'A Harebrained Plan': Saskatchewan and the Formation of a Provincial Telephone Policy, 1906–1912." Saskatchewan History 2005 57(1): 15–33. Premier Walter Scott preferred government assistance to outright ownership because he thought enterprises worked better if citizens had a stake in running them; he set up the Saskatchewan Cooperative Elevator Company in 1911. Despite pressure from farm groups for direct government involvement in the grain handling business, the Scott government opted to loan money to a farmer-owned elevator company. Saskatchewan in 1909 provided bond guarantees to railway companies for the construction of branch lines, alleviating the concerns of farmers who had trouble getting their wheat to market by wagon.Kevin H. Burley, The Development of Canada's Staples 1867–1939: A Documentary Collection (1970) pp 139–43. The Saskatchewan Grain Growers Association, was the dominant political force in the province until the 1920s; it had close ties with the governing Liberal party. In 1913, the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association was established with three goals: 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."Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association", Official WebsiteFile:Maury Geography 073A Saskatchewan.jpg|thumb|left|Farmers at work in 1907. The introduction of Marquis wheatMarquis wheatImmigration peaked in 1910, and in spite of the initial difficulties of frontier life – distance from towns, sod homes, and backbreaking labour – new settlers established a European-Canadian style of prosperous agrarian society. The long-term prosperity of the province depended on the world price of grain, which headed steadily upward from the 1880s to 1920, then plunged down. Wheat output was increased by new strains, such as the "Marquis wheat" strain which matured 8 days sooner and yielded 7 more bushels per acre than the previous standard, "Red Fife". The national output of wheat soared from 8 million bushels in 1896, to 26 million in 1901, reaching 151 million by 1921.BOOK, Arthur Henry Reginald Buller, Essays on Wheat: Including the Discovery and Introduction of Marquis Wheat, the Early History of Wheatgrowing in Manitoba, Wheat in Western Canada, the Origin of Red Bobs and Kitchener, and the Wild Wheat of Palestine,weblink 1919, 218–20, Urban reform movements in Regina were based on support from business and professional groups. City planning, reform of local government, and municipal ownership of utilities were more widely supported by these two groups, often through such organizations as the Board of Trade. Church-related and other altruistic organizations generally supported social welfare and housing reforms; these groups were generally less successful in getting their own reforms enacted.Girard Hengen, "A Case Study in Urban Reform: Regina Before the First World War." Saskatchewan History (1988) 41#1: 19–34File:Hawker-Eaton-InternmentCamp.jpg|thumb|Memorial stone for Ukranian Canadians interred during World War I at the Saskatchewan Railway MuseumSaskatchewan Railway MuseumThe province responded to the First World War in 1914 with patriotic enthusiasm and enjoyed the resultant economic boom for farms and cities alike. Emotional and intellectual support for the war emerged from the politics of Canadian national identity, the rural myth, and social gospel progressivism The Church of England was especially supportive. However, there was strong hostility toward German-Canadian farmers.James M. Pitsula, For All We Have and Are: Regina and the Experience of the Great War (U of Manitoba Press, 2008), p 280. online review Recent Ukrainian immigrants were enemy aliens because of their citizenship in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. A small fraction were taken to internment camps. Most of the internees were unskilled unemployed labourers who were imprisoned "because they were destitute, not because they were disloyal."Pitsula, For All We Have and Are p 41.Lubomyr Luciuk, In Fear of the Barbed Wire Fence: Canada's First National Internment Operations and the Ukrainian Canadians, 1914–1920 (Kingston: Kashtan Press, 2001).The price of wheat tripled and acreage seeded doubled. The wartime spirit of sacrifice intensified social reform movements that had predated the war and now came to fruition. Saskatchewan gave women the right to vote in 1916 and at the end of 1916 passed a referendum to prohibit the sale of alcohol.In the late 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan, imported from the United States and Ontario, gained brief popularity in 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. It declined and disappeared, subject to widespread political and media opposition, plus internal scandals involving the use of the organization's funds.

Post World War II

In 1970, the first annual Canadian Western Agribition was held in Regina. This farm-industry trade show, with its strong emphasis on livestock, is rated as one of the five top livestock shows in North America, along with those in Houston, Denver, Louisville and Toronto.File:Queen and burmese.jpg|thumb|An equestrian statue of Elizabeth II in Regina. The statue was unveiled by the Queen in 2005.]]The province celebrated the 75th anniversary of its establishment in 1980, with Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, presiding over the official ceremonies.JOURNAL, Archer, John H., Regina: A Royal City, Monarchy Canada Magazine, Spring 1996, 1996,weblink June 30, 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080209220023weblink">weblink February 9, 2008, yes, mdy-all, WEB,weblink Government of Saskatchewan > About Government > News Releases > February 2002 > Province Honours Princess Margaret, February 11, 2002, Queen's Printer for Saskatchewan, February 15, 2011, In 2005, 25 years later, her sister, Queen Elizabeth II, attended the events held to mark Saskatchewan's centennial.NEWS, Royal couple touches down in Saskatchewan, CTV, May 18, 2005,weblink June 30, 2009, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20051001053156weblink">weblink October 1, 2005, mdy-all, Since the late 20th century, First Nations have become more politically active in seeking justice for past inequities, especially related to government taking of indigenous lands. The federal and provincial governments have negotiated on numerous land claims, and developed a program of "Treaty Land Entitlement", enabling First Nations to buy land to be taken into reserves with money from settlements of claims."In 1992, the federal and provincial governments signed an historic land claim agreement with Saskatchewan First Nations. Under the Agreement, the First Nations received money to buy land on the open market. As a result, about 761,000 acres have been turned into reserve land and many First Nations continue to invest their settlement dollars in urban areas", including Saskatoon. The money from such settlements has enabled First Nations to invest in businesses and other economic infrastructure.

Demographics

{{toomanycharts}}According to the Canada 2011 Census, the largest ethnic group in Saskatchewan is German (28.6%), followed by English (24.9%), Scottish (18.9%), Canadian (18.8%), Irish (15.5%), Ukrainian (13.5%), French (Fransaskois) (12.2%), First Nations (12.1%), Norwegian (6.9%), and Polish (5.8%).WEB, Saskatchewan Ethnic Origins, Visible Minorities & Immigration, Government of Saskatchewan,weblink PDF, (File:Canada Saskatchewan Density 2016.png|thumb|right|Population density of Saskatchewan){{Gallery layout|1=
Saskatchewan census statistics
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Municipalities

(File:Saskatchewan Municipalities.png|thumb|Distribution of municipalities in Saskatchewan)Ten largest municipalities by population{| class="wikitable sortable"!Municipality!2001!2006!2011!2016|Saskatoon|196,861|202,340|222,189|246,376Regina, Saskatchewan>Regina|178,225|179,246|193,100|215,106Prince Albert, Saskatchewan>Prince Albert|34,291|34,138|35,129|35,926|Moose Jaw|32,131|32,132|33,274|33,890|Swift Current|14,821|14,946|15,503|16,604|Yorkton|15,107|15,038|15,669|16,343|North Battleford|13,692|13,190|13,888|14,315|Estevan|10,242|10,084|11,054|11,483Warman, Saskatchewan>Warman|3,481|4,764|7,104|11,020|Weyburn|9,534|9,433|10,484|10,870This list does not include Lloydminster, which has a total population of 31,410 but straddles the Alberta–Saskatchewan border. As of 2016, 11,765 people lived on the Saskatchewan side, which would make it Saskatchewan's 8th largest municipality. All of the listed communities are considered cities by the province; municipalities in the province with a population of 5,000 or more can receive official city status.

Economy

Saskatchewan's GDP in 2006 was approximately C$45.922 billion,Gross domestic product, expenditure-based, by province and territory {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20080420144936weblink |date=April 20, 2008 }} from Statistics Canada {| class="wikitable floatright sortable" ! % !! Sector| finance, insurance, real estate, leasing| mining, petroleum| education, health, social services| wholesale and retail trade| transportation, communications, utilities| manufacturing| agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting| business services| government services| construction| otherHistorically, Saskatchewan's economy was primarily associated with agriculture. However, increasing diversification has resulted in agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting only making up 6.8% of the province's GDP. Saskatchewan grows a large portion of Canada's grain.WEB,weblink Canadian Food-Processing Sector, Invest in Canada, January 24, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20101014112704weblink">weblink October 14, 2010, mdy-all, Wheat is the most familiar crop and the one most often associated with the province (there are sheafs of wheat depicted on the coat of arms of Saskatchewan), but other grains like canola, flax, rye, oats, peas, lentils, canary seed, and barley are also produced. Saskatchewan is the world's largest exporter of mustard seed.ENCYCLOPEDIA, Greuel, William, Mustard, The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan,weblink January 9, 2017, Beef cattle production by a Canadian province is only exceeded by Alberta. In the northern part of the province, forestry is also a significant industry.Mining is a major industry in the province, with Saskatchewan being the world's largest exporter of potash and uranium.WEB,weblink Fact Sheet, 2009-01-16, bot: unknown,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071203005741weblink">weblink December 3, 2007, mdy-all, from the Saskatchewan Mining AssociationOil and natural gas production is also a very important part of Saskatchewan's economy, although the oil industry is larger. Among Canadian provinces, only Alberta exceeds Saskatchewan in overall oil production.Government of Saskatchewan. Oil and Gas Industry {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20080929180237weblink |date=September 29, 2008 }}. Retrieved on: April 26, 2008. Heavy crude is extracted in the Lloydminster-Kerrobert-Kindersley areas. Light crude is found in the Kindersley-Swift Current areas as well as the Weyburn-Estevan fields. Natural gas is found almost entirely in the western part of Saskatchewan, from the Primrose Lake area through Lloydminster, Unity, Kindersley, Leader, and around Maple Creek areas.Government of Saskatchewan. weblink" title="archive.is/20120805082031weblink">The Saskatchewan Oil and Gas InfoMap. Retrieved April 26, 2008.A list of the companies includes The Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (defunct in December 2017), Federated Cooperatives Ltd. and IPSCO.weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070627040005weblink">top 100Major Saskatchewan-based Crown corporations are Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), SaskTel, SaskEnergy (the province's main supplier of natural gas), and SaskPower. Bombardier runs the NATO Flying Training Centre at 15 Wing, near Moose Jaw. Bombardier was awarded a long-term contract in the late 1990s for $2.8 billion from the federal government for the purchase of military aircraft and the running of the training facility. SaskPower since 1929 has been the principal supplier of electricity in Saskatchewan, serving more than 451,000 customers and managing $4.5 billion in assets. SaskPower is a major employer in the province with almost 2,500 permanent full-time staff located in 71 communities.">

Provincial finances{| class"wikitable"

! Fiscal Year! Population1! style="color:red" | Gov't Debt2! style="color:red" | Crown Debt3! style="color:green" | Budget Surplus! style="color:green" | GFSF Balance! style="color:green" | Pers. Inc. Tax Revenue! style="color:green" | Corp. Inc. Tax Revenue4! style="color:green" | PST Revenue5! style="color:green" | Resource Revenue! style="color:red" | Health Expense! Credit Rating6 style="text-align:center;"−1,520,00002,537,3491,002,5461,288,9211,761,2655,109,545AAA (neg) style="text-align:center;"|AAA style="text-align:center;"|AAA style="text-align:center;"|AAA style="text-align:center;"|AAA style="text-align:center;"|AA+ style="text-align:center;"|AA+ style="text-align:center;"|AA+ style="text-align:center;"|AA style="text-align:center;"|AA style="text-align:center;"|AA style="text-align:center;"|AA- style="text-align:center;" −210,017366,0001,245,763682,052854,4801,140,9622,515,823AA- style="text-align:center;"|A+ style="text-align:center;" −278,902495,0001,196,410507,542770,984903,0442,199,723A+The Tabulated Data covers each fiscal year (e.g. 2015–2016 covers April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016).All data is in $1,000s.1 These values reflect the estimated population at the beginning of the fiscal year.2 These values reflect the debt of the General Revenue Fund alone at the end of the fiscal year.3 These values reflect the combined debt of the three major Government Service Enterprises (Crown Corporations) at the end of the fiscal year. As of March 31, 2016, SaskPower, SaskEnergy, and SaskTel accounted for 88.4% of Crown Debt.4 The highest rate of provincial corporate income tax was reduced from 17% to 14% on July 1, 2006. It was further reduced to 13% on July 1, 2007, and finally to 12% on July 1, 2008. The tax on paid-up capital was reduced from 0.6% to 0.3% on July 1, 2006, to 0.15% on July 1, 2007, and abolished altogether on July 1, 2008. These displayed values were obtained by adding the corporate income tax for each year with the corporate capital tax.5 The Provincial Sales Tax (PST) rate was reduced from 7% to 5% on October 28, 2006.6 These values are the credit ratings from Standard & Poor's as of the end of the Fiscal Year.Source: Government of Saskatchewan.Public Accounts of Saskatchewan. Government of Saskatchewan. Retrieved March 25, 2017.

Education

Publicly funded elementary and secondary schools in the province are administered by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education. Public elementary and secondary schools either operate as secular or as a separate schools. Nearly all school divisions, except one operate as a English first language school board. The Division scolaire francophone No. 310 is the only school division that operates French first language schools. In addition to elementary and secondary schools, the province is also home to several post-secondary institutions.The first education on the prairies took place within the family groups of the First Nation and early fur trading settlers. There were only a few missionary or trading post schools established in Rupert's Land – later known as the North West Territories. The first 76 North-West Territories school 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.The prosperity of the Roaring Twenties and the success of farmers in proving up on their homesteads helped provide funding to standardize education. {{Citation needed|date=February 2008}} Textbooks, normal schools for educating teachers, formal school curricula and 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 schoolhouse districts across Saskatchewan totalled approximately 5,000 at the height of this system of education in the late 1940s.WEB,weblink Saskatchewan One Room School House Project, SkSchool, en, 2018-12-10, Following World War II, the transition from many one-room schoolhouses 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 the farmer could manage more than a quarter section of land, so there was a shift from family farms and subsistence crops to cash crops grown on many sections of land. School vouchers have been newly proposed as a means of allowing competition between rural schools and making the operation of co-operative schools practicable in rural areas.

Healthcare

File:Royal University Hospital.jpg|thumb|The Royal University Hospital is one of several hospitals operating in Saskatchewan.]]Saskatchewan's Ministry of Health is responsible for policy direction, sets and monitors standards, and provides funding for regional health authorities and provincial health services. Saskatchewan's medical health system is widely and inaccurately characterized as "socialized medicine": medical practitioners in Saskatchewan, as in other Canadian provinces, are not civil servants but remit their accounts to the publicly funded Saskatchewan Medical Care Insurance Plan rather than to patients (i.e. a single-payer system).WEB,weblink How Saskatchewan Health Pays Your Bill – Health – Government of Saskatchewan, Health.gov.sk.ca, February 23, 2011, Saskatchewan medical health system has faced criticism due to a lack of accessibility to the midwifery program. According to Leanne Smith, the director for maternal services in the Saskatoon Health Region declared half of the women who apply for the midwifery program are turned away.French, Janet. (June 15, 2013) weblink" title="archive.is/20130707013441weblink">Half of women who want midwife turned away. Thestarphoenix.com. Retrieved on 2013-07-12. Ministry of Health data shows midwives saw 1,233 clients in the 2012–13 fiscal year (which runs April to March). But in that fourth quarter, 359 women were still on waiting lists for immediate or future care. The provincial Health Ministry received 47 letters about midwifery services in 2012, most of which asked for more midwives. As a continuing problem in the Saskatchewan health care system, more pressure has been placed to recruit more midwives for the province.

Government and politics

File:Saskatchewan Legislative Building Front.JPG|thumb|The Saskatchewan Legislative Building serves as the meeting place for the province's legislative assembly.]]Saskatchewan has the same form of governmentWEB,weblink official page, Government of Saskatchewan, February 15, 2007, as the other Canadian provinces with a lieutenant-governor (who is the representative of the Queen in Right of Saskatchewan), premier, and a unicameral legislature.For many years, Saskatchewan was one of Canada's more progressive provinces, reflecting many of its citizens' feelings of alienation from the interests of large capital. In 1944 Tommy Douglas became 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 Federation government, 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 social-democratic Saskatchewan New Democratic Party and the centre-right Saskatchewan Party, with the latter holding the majority in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan since 2007. The current Premier of Saskatchewan is Scott Moe, who took over the leadership of the Saskatchewan Party in 2018 following the resignation of Brad Wall. Numerous smaller political parties also run candidates in provincial elections, including the Green Party of Saskatchewan, Liberal Party of Saskatchewan, and the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan, but none is currently represented in the Legislative Assembly (federal Conservatives and Liberals generally favour the Saskatchewan Party in provincial elections).Recent federal elections in Saskatchewan have been dominated by the Conservative Party of Canada. In the 2015 federal election, the Conservatives won ten of the province's fourteen seats, followed by the New Democratic Party with three and the Liberal Party of Canada with one.No Prime Minister of Canada has been born in Saskatchewan, but two (William Lyon Mackenzie King and John Diefenbaker) represented the province in the House of Commons of Canada during their tenures as head of government.

Law enforcement

Law enforcement agencies

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  • Saskatchewan Highway Patrol
  • Canadian Forces Military Police (15 Wing Moose Jaw / CFD Dundurn)
  • Canadian National Railway Police Service
  • Canadian Pacific Railway Police Service
  • Caronport Police Service
  • Corman Park Police Service
  • Dalmeny Police Service
  • Estevan Police Service
  • File Hills First Nation Police Service
  • Global Transportation Hub Enforcement (Special Constables)
  • Luseland Police Service
  • Moose Jaw Police Service
  • Prince Albert Police Service
  • Regina Police Service
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Saskatchewan Conservation Officer (Special Constables)
  • Saskatoon Police Service
  • University of Regina (Special Constables)
  • University of Saskatchewan Department of Campus Safety (Special Constables)
  • Vanscoy Police Service
  • Wascana Centre Police (Special Constables)
  • Weyburn Police Service
  • Wilton Police Service
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Correctional facilities

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Transportation

Transportation in Saskatchewan includes an infrastructure system of roads, highways, freeways, airports, ferries, pipelines, trails, waterways and railway systems serving a population of approximately 1,003,299 (according to 2007 estimates) inhabitants year-round. It is funded primarily with local and federal government funds. The Saskatchewan Department of Highways and Transportation estimates 80% of traffic is carried on the 5,031-kilometre principal system of highways.WEB
, Saskatchewan Department of Highways and Transportation
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, January 18, 2008,
File:QuAppelleRiverHwy2.jpg|thumb|left|The CanAm Highway near Buffalo Pound LakeBuffalo Pound LakeThe Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure operates over {{convert|26000|km|mi|}} of highways and divided highways. There are also municipal roads which comprise different surfaces. Asphalt concrete pavements comprise almost {{convert|9000|km|mi|}}, granular pavement almost {{convert|5000|km|mi|}}, non structural or thin membrane surface TMS are close to {{convert|7000|km|mi|}} and finally gravel highways make up over {{convert|5600|km|mi|}} through the province. In the northern sector, ice roads which can only be navigated in the winter months comprise another approximately {{convert|150|km|mi}} of travel.WEB
, Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation
, Performance Plan – Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation
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, September 4, 2007,
Saskatchewan has over 250,000 kilometres (150,000 mi) of roads and highways, the highest length of road surface of any Canadian province.WEB, World Travel Guide – Nexus Business Media, Saskatchewan, 2007,weblink September 4, 2007, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070927040431weblink">weblink September 27, 2007, mdy-all, The major highways in Saskatchewan are the Trans Canada expressway, Yellowhead Highway northern Trans Canada route, Louis Riel Trail, CanAm Highway, Red Coat Trail, Northern Woods and Water route, and Saskota travel route.The first Canadian transcontinental railway was constructed by the Canadian Pacific Railway between 1881 and 1885.WEB
, Canadian Pacific Railway
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, January 18, 2008, After the great east-west transcontinental railway was built, north-south connector branch lines were established.
The 1920s saw the largest rise in rail line track as the CPR and CNR fell into competition to provide rail service within ten kilometres. In the 1960s there were applications for abandonment of branch lines.JOURNAL
, Fung
, K.I.
, Atlas of Saskatchewan
, Saskatoon
, Modern Press
, 1969, Today the only two passenger rail services in the province are The Canadian and Winnipeg–Churchill train, both operated by Via Rail. The Canadian is a transcontinental service linking Toronto with Vancouver.
The main Saskatchewan waterways are the North Saskatchewan River or South Saskatchewan River routes. In total, there are 3,050 bridges maintained by the Department of Highways in Saskatchewan.WEB
, Ivanochko
, Bob
, Bridges
, CANADIAN PLAINS RESEARCH CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF REGINA
, Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan
, 2006
,weblink
, January 18, 2008, There are currently twelve ferry services operating in the province, all under the jurisdiction of the Department of Highways.
{| class="wikitable floatright sortable" Ferries of Saskatchewan style= "background:#efefef;"! Ferry || Location|| Waterway|| ReferenceEstuary Ferry>EstuaryEstuary, Saskatchewan>Estuary and Laporte|South Saskatchewan RiverURL=HTTP://WWW.BECQUET.COM/DIRECTOR/MAPS/#SDEADURL=YES ARCHIVEDATE=JANUARY 18, 2008, Lemsford Ferry>LemsfordLemsford, Saskatchewan>Lemsford connecting Saskatchewan Highway 32 and Saskatchewan Highway 30>30|South Saskatchewan River|Lancer Ferry>LancerLancer, Saskatchewan>Lancer connecting Saskatchewan Highway 32 and Saskatchewan Highway 30>30|South Saskatchewan River|Riverhurst Ferry>RiverhurstSaskatchewan Highway 42>Highway 42 and Highway 373|Lake Diefenbaker|Clarkboro Ferry>ClarkboroWarman, Saskatchewan>Warman and Aberdeen, Saskatchewan on Saskatchewan Highway 784>784|South Saskatchewan River|Hague Ferry>HagueHague, Saskatchewan>Hague and Aberdeen|South Saskatchewan River|St. Laurent Ferry>St. LaurentDuck Lake, Saskatchewan>Duck Lake, Saskatchewan Highway 11 and Batoche, Saskatchewan>Batoche 225|South Saskatchewan River|Fenton Ferry>FentonSaskatchewan Highway 25>25 and 3 on Grid Road|South Saskatchewan River|Weldon Ferry>WeldonSaskatchewan Highway 3>3, Weldon, Saskatchewan via Saskatchewan Highway 682>682 and Saskatchewan Highway 302, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan>Prince Albert|South Saskatchewan River|Paynton Ferry>PayntonSaskatchewan Highway 16>16 and Saskatchewan Highway 26 via Saskatchewan Highway 764>764|North Saskatchewan River|Wingard Ferry>WingardMarcelin, Saskatchewan>Marcelin, Saskatchewan Highway 40 connecting to Saskatchewan Highway 11>11 Wingard|North Saskatchewan River|Cecil Ferry>CecilSaskatchewan Highway 302>302 and Saskatchewan Highway 55 east of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan>Prince Albert|North Saskatchewan River|The Saskatoon Airport (YXE) was initially established as part of the Royal Canadian Air Force training program during World War II. It was renamed the John G. Diefenbaker Airport in the official ceremony, June 23, 1993.WEB
, Airport History
, Saskatoon Airport Authority
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, January 18, 2008, Roland J. Groome Airfield is the official designation for the Regina International Airport (YQR) as of August 3, 2005; the airport was established in 1930. Under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP),WEB
, Chabun
, Will
, Aviation
, CANADIAN PLAINS RESEARCH CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF REGINA
, Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan
, 2006
,weblink
, January 18, 2008, twenty Service Flying Training Schools (RAF) were established at various Saskatchewan locations in World War II.WEB
, Kraushaar
, Clint
, The RAF comes to Estevan
, The Estevan Airport: A History to 1988
, Estevan Community Access Project & Estevan Public Library
, May 1998
,weblink
, January 18, 2008, 15 Wing Moose Jaw is home to the Canadian Forces formation aerobatics team, the Snowbirds.
Airlines offering service to Saskatchewan are Air Canada, WestJet Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Transwest Air, Sunwing Airlines, Norcanair Airlines, La Ronge Aviation Services Ltd, La Loche Airways, Osprey Wings Ltd, Buffalo Narrows Airways Ltd, Île-à-la-Crosse Airways Ltd, Voyage Air, Pronto Airways, Venture Air Ltd, Pelican Narrows Air Service, Jackson Air Services Ltd, and Northern Dene Airways Ltd.WEB
, Saskatchewan Airlines: Airlines in Saskatchewan, Canada
, 1994–2008
,weblink
, January 18, 2008,
The Government of Canada has agreed to contribute $20 million for two new interchanges in Saskatoon. One of them being at the Sk Hwy 219 / Lorne Ave intersection with Circle Drive, the other at the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge (Idylwyld Freeway) and Circle Drive. This is part of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative to improve access to the Canadian National Railway's intermodal freight terminal thereby increasing Asia-Pacific trade. Also, the Government of Canada will contribute $27 million to Regina to construct a Canadian Pacific Railway CPR intermodal facility and improve infrastructure transportation to the facility from both national highway networks, Sk Hwy 1, the TransCanada Highway and Sk Hwy 11, Louis Riel Trail. This also is part of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative to improve access to the CPR terminal and increase Asia-Pacific trade.WEB
, Hon. Lawrence Cannon, M.P., P.C. Minister of transport, infrastructure and communities
, Newswire
, CNW Group
, 2005–2008
,weblink
, April 27, 2008
, Statement by Hon. Lawrence Cannon, M.P., P.C. Minister of transport, infrastructure and communities at a news conference of Council of ministers responsible for transportation and highway safety,

Culture

{{See also|Tourism in Saskatchewan}}File:RoyalSaskMuseum Front.jpg|thumb|The Royal Saskatchewan MuseumRoyal Saskatchewan MuseumSaskatchewan is home to a number of museums. The Royal Saskatchewan Museum serves as the provincial museum of the province. Other museums include Diefenbaker House, Evolution of Education Museum, Museum of Antiquities, the RCMP Heritage Centre, Rotary Museum of Police and Corrections, Saskatchewan Science Centre, Saskatchewan Western Development Museum, and the T.rex Discovery Centre.

Arts

The province is home to several art galleries, including MacKenzie Art Gallery, and Remai Modern. The province is also home to several performing arts centres including the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina, and TCU Place in Saskatoon. PAVED Arts, a new media artist-run space, is also located in Saskatoon. The province is presently home to several concert orchestras, the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, and the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra. The Regina Symphony Orchestra is at the Conexus Arts Centre, while the Saskatoon perform at TCU Place.

Sports

File:Mosaic Stadium Exterior.jpg|thumb|left|Mosaic Stadium is the home stadium for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, a professional Canadian footballCanadian footballThe Saskatchewan Roughriders Canadian football team is the province's professional football franchise (playing in the Canadian Football League), and are extremely popular across Saskatchewan. The team's fans are also found to congregate on game days throughout Canada, and collectively they are known as "Rider Nation". The province's other major sport franchise is the Saskatchewan Rush of the National Lacrosse League. In their first year of competition, 2016, the Rush won both their Division Title and the League Championship.Hockey is the most popular sport in the province. More than 490 NHL playersWEB, NHL Players Born in Saskatchewan, Canada,weblink Hockey-Reference.com, November 1, 2013, have been born in Saskatchewan, the highest per capita output of any Canadian province, U.S. state, or European country.WEB, Chaput, John, Hockey,weblink The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan, November 1, 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090208175523weblink">weblink February 8, 2009, yes, mdy-all, Notable NHL figures born in Saskatchewan include Keith Allen, Gordie Howe, Bryan Trottier, Bernie Federko, Clark Gillies, Fern Flaman, Bert Olmstead, Harry Watson, Elmer Lach, Max Bentley, Sid Abel, Doug Bentley, Eddie Shore, Clint Smith, Bryan Hextall, Johnny Bower, Emile Francis, Glenn Hall, Chuck Rayner, Brad McCrimmon, Patrick Marleau, Dave Manson, Theo Fleury, Terry Harper, Wade Redden, Brian Propp, Scott Hartnell, Ryan Getzlaf, and Chris Kunitz. Saskatchewan does not have an NHL or minor professional franchise, but five teams in the junior Western Hockey League are located in the province: the Moose Jaw Warriors, Prince Albert Raiders, Regina Pats, Saskatoon Blades and Swift Current Broncos.File:Emma Lake area 2014-12-31 16-03-32 0039 KC (15556369354).jpg|thumb|A pond hockey rink set up on Emma Lake.]]In 2015, Budweiser honoured Saskatchewan for their abundance of hockey players by sculpting a 12-foot-tall hockey player monument in ice for Saskatchewan's capital city of Regina.WEB, Saskatchewan, The Home of Goal Scorers - Budweiser Canada,weblink YouTube, April 24, 2015, The company then filmed this frozen monument for a national television commercial, thanking the province for creating so many goal scorers throughout hockey's history. Budweiser also gifted the “hockey player” province a trophy made of white birch—Saskatchewan's provincial tree—which bears the name of every pro player in history. Sitting atop the trophy was a golden Budweiser Red Light, synched to every current Saskatchewan player in the pros. This trophy can currently be seen at Victoria Bar in Regina.Historically, Saskatchewan has been one of the strongest curling provinces. Teams from Saskatchewan have finished in the top three places at 38 briers and Saskatchewan has more women's championships than any other province with 11. Notable curlers from Saskatchewan include Sandra Schmirler, Ernie Richardson, and Vera Pezer. In a 2019 TSN poll, experts ranked Schmirler's Saskatchewan team, which won a gold medal at the 1998 Olympics, as the greatest women's team in Canada's history.WEB, Canada’s Greatest Curlers: Schmirler’s foursome named greatest rink of all-time,weblink TSN, February 24, 2019,

Symbols

(File:Tartan of Saskatchewan.png|thumb|upright|alt=Thread count: black 1 green 6 brown 11 gold 26 red 2 yellow 1 red 2 gold 26 brown 11 green 6 black 1 white 2|The official tartan of Saskatchewan, created in 1961.)The flag of Saskatchewan was officially adopted on September 22, 1969.BOOK,weblink The Arms, flags, and emblems of Canada, Dept of the Secretary of State. Canada., 1984-01-01, Deneau Publishers in co-operation with the Dept. of the Secretary of State and the Canadian Govt. Pub. Centre, Supply and Services Canada, 9780888790309, 59, en, The flag features the provincial shield in the upper quarter nearest the staff, with the floral emblem, the Prairie Lily, in the fly. The upper green (in forest green) half of the flag represents the northern Saskatchewan forest lands, while the golden lower half of the flag symbolizes the southern wheat fields and prairies. 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.WEB, Saskatchewan, flag of, Encyclopædia Britannica,weblink 2008, July 9, 2008, In 2005, Saskatchewan Environment held a province-wide vote to recognize Saskatchewan's centennial year, receiving more than 10,000 online and mail-in votes from the public. The walleye was the overwhelming favourite of the six native fish species nominated for the designation, receiving more than half the votes cast.WEB,weblink Walleye Wins Vote For Saskatchewan's Fish Emblem, Gov.sk.ca, September 30, 2005, February 23, 2011, Other species in the running were the lake sturgeon, lake trout, lake whitefish, northern pike and yellow perch.Saskatchewan's other symbols include the tartan, the license plate, and the provincial flower. Saskatchewan's official tartan was registered with the Court of Lord Lyon King of Arms in Scotland in 1961. It has seven colours: gold, brown, green, red, yellow, white and black. The provincial licence plates display the slogan "Land of Living Skies". The provincial flower of Saskatchewan is the Western Red Lily.

Centennial celebrations

In 2005, Saskatchewan celebrated its centennial. To honour it, the Royal Canadian Mint issued 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 Prince Philip visited Regina, Saskatoon, and Lumsden, and the Saskatchewan-reared Joni Mitchell issued an album in Saskatchewan's honour.

See also

References

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Further reading

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,weblink University of Manitoba Press, 978-0-88755-183-3,
  • JOURNAL, Veldhuis, Niels, 2009, Saskatchewan Prosperity: Building on Success


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  • Grams, Grant W.: Der Volksverein deutsch-canadischer Katholiken, the rise and fall of a German-Catholic Cultural and Immigration Society, 1909-1952, in Nelson H. Minnich (ed.) The Catholic Historical Review, 2013.
  • Grams, Grant W.: Deportation from Saskatchewan during the Great Depression, the case of H.P. Janzen, in John D. Thiesen (ed.), Mennonite Life, 2010.
  • Grams, Grant W.: The Deportation of German Nationals from Canada, 1919 to 1939, in Peter S. Li (ed.), Journal of International Migration and Integration, 2010.
  • Grams, Grant W.: Immigration and Return Migration of German Nationals, Saskatchewan 1919 to 1939, in Patrick Douand (ed.), Prairie Forum, 2008.
  • Grams, Grant W.: Was Eckhardt Kastendieck one of Saskatchewan’s most active Nazis?, in Jason Zorbas (ed.), Saskatchewan History, 2007.

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