Saskatchewan History and Ethnic Roots

Saskatchewan Ethnic Cultural Network
These links relate to historical information about Saskatchewan and also to its people. As many people emigrated to Saskatchewan, an international genealogy site such as World Gen Web will help locate genealogy resources in other countries. These links included here on this page are ethnic and cultural sites which have some resources or references to the cultural diversity of immigrant and indigenous peoples and settlements in Saskatchewan. To follow up and obtain more information on a specific town or settlement please use the Regional Saskatchewan Gen Web Sites.
To determine the number of people residing in the various Saskatchewan communities in 1901, 1906, 1911, and 1916 please use the 1916 Census Statistics website. This site will also give the population origins or dominant races in the cities of Regina, and Saskatoon and for the province as a whole.
For maps showing ethnic bloc settlements and the various Saskatchewan boundaries (part of North West Territories 1882-1905, and part of Rupert's Land 1667-1882) , the website Atlas of Saskatchewan has selected maps available online from the original book.
Many links refer to immigration to North America: For many immigrants New York or Halifax was just the half-way point. President Lincoln's U.S. Homestead Act was passed in 1862. In 1872, Canada passed the Dominion Lands Act attracting homesteaders to the West. There was migration of homesteaders between America and Canada, however records of immigration from USA into Canada didn't begin until 1908-18.
In the era of Clifford Sifton, Federal Minister of the Interior and Immigration 1896-1905, immigration was promoted by the Dominion of Canada, the Railway companies, and Colonization Companies. These companies would buy up large tracts of land and re-sell them upon advertising to prospective immigrants. Therefore each company would be selling land in a particular area of the North West Territories (Saskatchewan became a province in 1905, so at this time we speak of the NWT). Each Company would also have offices in particular cities, and countries from which they could promote NWT settlement so, therefore, an ethnic settlement pattern would develop.
When discussing applications to homestead a newly arived settler if he was not born on Canadian soil, or in the British Isles, he had to apply for what was called “Naturalization.” In other words you had to agree to give up your foreign citizenship to become a “British Subject.” "Foreign citizenship" meant if you were not from the British Commonwealth—if you were from Austria, Germany, France, the Scandinavian countries, Russia, etc you had to give up this citizenship and agree to become a subject of Great Britain---British Subjects as Canadians were then called. We were a “colony” of England after the Treaty of Paris of 1763 when France gave up its colony-- a Province of Canada to the English.) Candians only became CITIZENS IN THIS COUNTRY IN 1946 after the canadian Citiazhip Act under the government of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. !! source Terri Lefebvre Prince Heritage Researcher at the City of Yorkton Archives

New Submit new biographies of Saskatchewan pioneers:. This lets you connect with others in your research, it lets us know where you are at now, and where you have Saskatchewan Roots which enables you to meet other genealogists with similar interests while at the same time sharing online Saskatchewan's rich cultural diversity
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