Make your own free website on Tripod.com

-located in the prairie region of Canada
-Alberta to the west, Manitoba to the east
-U.S. is south and Northwest Territories are north
-Regina, the capital city, is the home of the R.C.M.P.
-flower - Western Red Lily, tree - White Birch, bird - Sharp-tailed Grouse
-motto: "From many peoples strength"

LAND AND WATER

-half is forest, one-third is farmland
-over 100,000 lakes, rivers, marshes
-southern part is mainly flat land
-Athabasca Provincial Park has sand dunes 30 m. high
-main rivers: Assiniboine, North and South Saskatchewan and Churchill
-two largest cities are Regina ( the capital ) and Saskatoon

PEOPLE

-First people : Chipewyan (north) , Assiniboine (east), Blackfoot (west) and Cree
-Metis (of mixed European and Aboriginal descent) were among the first settlers.
-people came from Germany, Ukraine, Scandinavia, Poland, Russia, Britain, France
-population around a million people

HISTORY

-earliest explorer - Henry Kelsey (1690)
-Samuel Hearne built trading posts
-trappers and fur traders arrived
-forts were built to maintain law and order
-settlers were encouraged to come for free farmland
-railroad was built across the southern part of the province
-became a province in 1905 with Regina as the capital

ECONOMY

-produces 28 percent of Canada's grain
-grows over 54 percent of Canada's wheat crop
-crops include canola, rye, oats, barley, flaxseeds, wheat
-hogs and cattle are raised on farms and sold
-forestry in northern Saskatchewan
-rich in minerals (potash, uranium, coal, oil and natural gas)
-leading exporter of potash ( fertilizer )