Are you a Descendent of a Saskatchewan Pioneer?
Established as a province in 1905, Saskatchewan enjoys a rich multi-cultural heritage. Many historic events played a role in the formation of our province’s unique mix of people including: the Fur Trade; the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, which opened up Canada’s western provinces to settlement; and the subsequent immigration of hundreds of thousands of adventurous Europeans who were eager to create a new life for themselves and their families in the “land of plenty”.
First Nations’ sole occupation of the area we now call Saskatchewan ended during the Fur Trade in the 17th century. The French and English explorers who established trading posts often intermarried with the First Nations’ women and the Métis Nation came to be.
National policies in the 1870s and 1880s encouraged further population growth. When the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed an influx of European settlers occurred. The population increased by over 450,000 in approximately 30 years! A “cheap” homestead consisting of 160 acres could be had for $10.00 by anyone willing and able to show they had “improved” the land within three years.
The early pioneers’ stories of blood, sweat and toil are well-told at Saskatchewan’s excellent Western Development Museums. Many smaller museums contain local genealogy information. Check out the links below to learn more and to assist you in researching your Saskatchewan roots.
Information courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan