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Saskatchewan


Saskatchewan is the only province with entirely man-made boundaries. It was created from the Northwest Territories in 1905, at the same time as Alberta, and shares with that province the distinction of having no coast on salt water. The name, which was first used officially for a district of the Northwest Territories in 1882, is derived from an anglicized version of a Cree word denoting a swiftly flowing river, which appears in a variety of spellings in early records.

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Capital
Regina

Other major cities
Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert

Date Entered the Federation
September 1, 1905

Provincial Flower
Prairie Lily

Provincial Bird
Prairie Sharp-Tailed Grouse

Motto
Multis E Gentibus Vires
"From many people strength"

Population
1 062 384 (2011)

Area
651 036 sq km

Lieutenant Governor
Her Honour The Honourable Vaughn Schofield

Premier
The Honourable Brad Wall (Saskatchewan Party)
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When the prairie region was being made into provinces, the largest part of the old district bearing the name was incorporated into the new province. Saskatchewan, unlike the three provinces immediately east of it, is still the same size as it was when created: in round numbers, 1225 kilometres long, 630 kilometres wide across the south, and 445 kilometres across the north. Its area is 651 900 sq km, of which 12% is fresh water.

Saskatchewan plains
Saskatchewan Plains

The northern third of Saskatchewan is characterized by rolling hills and numerous bodies of water. Plains cover the remaining two-thirds of the province. The flat, gentle grasslands around this church are typical of the plains area. Called Canada's Breadbasket, Saskatchewan contains one of the major wheat-producing areas in the world. By the early 1990s, mining had also become an important sector of the economy as a result of exploitation of the province's large reserves of petroleum, natural gas, and uranium.

As noted in the list below, Saskatchewan has produced a disproportionately large number of gifted hockey plyaers including 75 NHL players from one school alone (the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox). Famous sons and daughters of Saskatchewan include:
  • Sid Abel, hockey player
  • Wendel Clark, hockey player
  • The Right Honourable John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada
  • The Right Honourable Ramon Hnatyshyn, Governor General of Canada
  • Gordie Howe, hockey player
  • Art Linkletter, original host of "Kids Say the Darndest Things"
  • Leslie Nielson, actor
  • The Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé, Governor General of Canada


See also
Former Lieutenant Governors of Saskatchewan
Former Premiers of Saskatchewan
Provinces and Territories of Canada

External Links
Government of Saskatchewan
Tourism Saskatchewan
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Copyright Craig I.W. Marlatt