We are still in Canada. Today is the Province of Saskatchewan. It is the only province without a natural boarder. (There is no natural ‘break’ dividing different states, or entities. Nothing like a river or mountain range – making Saskatchewan a large wide open place.) It has 100,000 lakes. It is directly to the north of North Dakota and Montana.
As with all of North America, First Nation people have lived on this land for thousands of years. The name Saskatchewan is taken from The Cree language, meaning ‘Swift Flowing River’. At one time or another First Nation people included the Sarcee, Niitsitapi, Atsina, Cree, Saulteaux, Assiniboine (Nakoda), Lakota and Sioux.
In a historic legal battle in 1992, the First Nation people were awarded 1,189 square miles of land for compensation for what was once theirs.
Historically once the Europeans became involved and took the land, this large territory was part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The US claimed they ‘bought’ it from France. In 1818, the US ceded the land to Great Britain.
The modern flag is unique to our eyes for it’s distinct design. It was another contest that brought this flag into being. It was officially adopted in 1969. It is a Green and Yellow field defaced with a Prairie Lilly and the Coat of Arms of the Province. Green represents the forests of the north and Yellow the grain fields of the south. The Coat of Arms features the Red English Lion and stocks of grain.
To make a better flag I would drop the coat of arms and leave the Prairie Lilly.
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