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Two people that are part of Saskatchewan History[edit]

Edgar Dewdney moved the NWT capital from Battleford to Regina and apparently benefited from the choice. Alexander Duncan McRae, who settled in BC, made his fortune during the settlement of Saskatchewan. Although I lived in Saskatchewan for 30 years I had never heard of McRae (although his partner Davidson has a town named after him) and only knew of Dewdney as a street in Regina so I thought those links might interest those working on this article. KenWalker | Talk 03:01, 18 December 2006 (UTC)

New Template[edit]

I've been working on a new template for the Histories of the Provinces. See here:

Do you think we need it? And is this the right format for it? Thanks.

I like your new template! I think it is very helpful to link the united concepts across Canada together in one handy place.SriMesh | talk 05:31, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

Introductory Paragraph Notes[edit]

  • 1. Context - describing the category or field in which the idea belongs.History is the study of past human events and activities Saskatchewan is the middle province of Canada's three prairie provinces.
  • 2. Characterization - what the term refers to as used in the given context.
  • 3. Explanation - deeper meaning and background...prehistory, chronology, historiography, genealogy, paleography, and cliometrics.
  • 4. Compare and contrast - how it relates to other topics, if appropriate.
    • Archontology: study of historical offices and important positions in state, international, political, religious and other organizations and societies.
    • Art History: the study of changes in and social context of art.
    • Big History: study of history on a large scale across long time frames (since the Big Bang and up to the future) through a multi-disciplinary approach.
    • Chronology: science of localizing historical events in time.
    • Cultural history: the study of culture in the past.
    • Diplomatic history: the study of international relations in the past.
    • Economic History: the study of economies in the past.
    • Futurology: study of the future: researches the medium to long-term future of societies and of the physical world.
    • History painter: painters of historical motifs and particularly the great events.
    • Intellectual history: the study of ideas in the context of the cultures that produced them and their development over time.
    • Maritime history: the study of maritime transport and all the connected subjects.
    • Military History: the study of warfare and wars in history and what is sometimes considered to be a sub-branch of military history, Naval History.
    • Paleography: study of ancient texts.
    • Political history: the study of politics in the past.
    • Psychohistory: study of the psychological motivations of historical events.
    • Historiography of science: study of the structure and development of science.
    • Social History: the study of the process of social change throughout history.
    • World History: the study of history from a global perspective.
    • Natural history: the study of the development of the cosmos, the Earth, and biology, and interactions thereof.
  • 5. Criticism - include criticism if there has been significant, notable criticism.

To now add some more about the topics of #3 and #4 above... :-) SriMesh|talk Julia 04:55, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

Immigration and Settlement Era: Northwest Rebellion[edit]

"Louis Riel led the North-West Rebellion of 1885 and stoically fought to defend the existing 'wild west' lifestyle of the fur trade era." - This seems to me to be highly POV, and grossly innacurate. Although there are a variety of academic views on this event, I think its safe to say that the North-West Rebellion had its basis in Metis land concerns. They wanted title to their river lot farms precisely so they could pursue an agricultural lifestyle in the future and not be defrauded and "swamped" by new settlers. The fur trade was already long dead in the areas affected by the Rebellion. As an event of local and national significance I think the Rebellion merits its own section in this article rather than this dismissive and stereotypical treatment. Wyldkattalk March 28, 2008.

new text and bibliog[edit]

I'm adding new text and bibliography which I originally wrote for Citizendium.org (it allows for free postings on Wikipedia). Rjensen (talk) 04:28, 7 February 2009 (UTC)

immigrant settlers[edit]

The sections on "Immigration Policy", "Ethnicity", and "Families" have overlooked the existence and the contributions of the Eastern European people (Germans, Ruthenians (Ukrainians), Poles, etc.) who settled the prairies in large numbers at the invitation of the Canadian government. The take on families appears to be somewhat naive and sexist.

Proposed "Immigration Policy" correction: The Eastern European people (Germans, Ukrainians, Poles, etc.) were recruited/invited to settle the prairies by the Canadian government because the government wanted to develop a significant agricultural economy. Most of these immigrants were from the eastern provinces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and were experienced at farming in a similar climate.

Proposed "Ethnicity" correction: The article states that the "dominant groups comprised British settlers from Eastern Canada and Britain, who comprised about 50% of the population..." No problem with that, but then there's little mention of the other 51% or so. Somewhat Brit-centric over-all. It would be more accurate to state that the entire Canadian "wheat" economy would not exist without the East European immigrants.

Proposed "Families" correction: Most of the East European people who came to Canada, came as families. (Check the statistics.) All family members broke the land and worked it, including the younger children. In order to earn cash for items the family could not produce on their own, the husband and older sons would often go off to work, while the wife and children continued to break new land and build the homestead, and raise the crops, and tend the livestock. It was not unusual for them to build the houses, fences, and outbuildings while the men of the family were away. KRM-3 — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.87.76.117 (talk) 01:37, 15 November 2011 (UTC)

The "family" section is based closely on solid scholarship and cites Rollings-Magnusson, "Canada's Most Wanted: Pioneer Women on the Western Prairies," Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology 2000 and Rowles, "Bannock, beans and bacon: An investigation of pioneer diet," Saskatchewan History, 1952. User 24.87.76.117 seems to have different RS -- but does not cite them. He seems to think the men were off working somewhere--where was that? when was that? says who? As for ethnic groups, please add fresh information. The material on the British is again based on solid scholarship, as cited (Peter Bush, Western Challenge: The Presbyterian Church in Canada's Mission on the Prairies and North, 1885-1925 (2000) and Marjory Harper, "Probing the Pioneer Questionnaires: British Settlement in Saskatchewan, 1887-1914." Saskatchewan History 2000 52(2): 28-46.) Rjensen (talk) 01:50, 15 November 2011 (UTC)

Population history section - doesn't add up[edit]

The total of the percentages for the ethnic group adds up to approx 150%. If this is possible, than an explanation should be added. If not, then the numbers should be corrected.

The ethnic history of the province was reflected in the ancestry data in 2006. The largest ethnic groups were German (30.0%), followed by English (26.5%), Scottish (19.2%), Irish (15.3%), Ukrainian (13.6%), French (12.4%), First Nations (12.1%), Norwegians (7.2%), Polish (6.0%), Métis (4.4%), Dutch (3.7%), Russian (3.7%) and Swedish (3.5%). Some 18.1% of all respondents also identified their ethnicity as "Canadian".

91.125.201.48 (talk) 15:09, 24 June 2013 (UTC)