FTLComm - Tisdale - March 22, 2001


This report is written with the assumption that you will realise that we are painting this picture with a broad brush and attempted to establish some working generalisations that will have many exceptions.




The people of Saskatchewan are so very much associated with their location. Both the place they came from and where they originally settled in this huge province. Saskatchewan is a complex mosaic of people from around the world and with each ethnic group there are a number of controversial issues. Where ever possible we will try to aim for the most widely held theory but it will be impossible to avoid errors of bias that come from the central issue in the province and that is location.




Much of what you will read in these stories is a compilation of things, a few guesses and definitely some speculation. It is hoped that readers will spot the inaccuracies and provide us with additional working data that can be added to this material to improve its accuracy and ability to explain us to ourselves.




Bill Barry, and his absolutely landmark work in "People and Places" has established an attitude that needs to be followed as a superior model and that is to keep an open mind and publish the information at hand with a willingness to add to that data as more information comes to light.




You will, as you look over this information, recognise stereotyping, many people condemn lumping people and culture together, but it will inevitably creep in and in some ways when it does, it is hoped that it is only to give the reader a usable generalisation that he or she will understand is just that, a simplification to make the information useful.



left out

The list below is by no means conclusive and will need revision in time as the people of Saskatchewan change with the dramatic shift from rural to urban life style is taking place while at the same time there is a continuing movement of people into and from the province. Those who have been left out of the list include; Italian, Spanish, Maritimers, Lithowanians, peoples from the middle East, Caribean people and Afrikans. All of these smaller groups add significantly to the province and will continue to do so but for expediency have not been given a page in this project.




You will notice that Holy Rollers have been listed as a category and this is because W. O. Mitchell spotted this group of people who were not an ethnic group but rather a cultural one and since religion plays such an important part in the evolution of the province it would be an oversight not to pay attention to Saskatchewan's religious diversity in these stories.

Anglo-Saxon Dene Hutterite Nakota
Afro-American Francophones India/Pakistan Nordic
Anicinabe Greek Jew Russian
Chinese German Lakota Scott
Cree Holy Rollers Mennonite Ukranian
Dakota Hungarian Metis  

  This material has been prepared by Timothy W, Shire who's bachelor major is "social studies" with a minor in history and human geography.