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  • Chronologically – these drop down menus focus on the historical events that affected the settlement of Saskatchewan.
  • Thematically – browse the topic of your choice to learn what life was like for the homesteaders in Saskatchewan. Whether it is breaking the land or playing baseball, life can be experienced through these archival images.
  • Teacher Resources – close to 100 suggested activities have been included for grades 4 to 12 social studies and history. After selecting the grade and subject you are interested in, narrow the search to a particular unit and topic/module. Each activity is correlated to section(s) of the website. Examining the archival information in the suggested areas will provide original source material to use when teaching the objective/activity. A direct link to the specific section of the curriculum document has also been provided.
  • Keyword – there are several methods to search for particular information. (NOTE: The same image may appear more than once in the results list.  This is due to the image being used in more than one category.)
a. Single terms or a phrase in quotation marks can be entered to locate all images associated with it, such as harvest or "sod houses". (Note: Do Not Include ‘and’)
b. Type of media can be combined with a keyword. For example 'harvest' combined with 'documents' will return textual documents related to the harvest. If you wish to see all images connected to a media type you can enter 'a' in the keyword field and, as an exampe, select 'audio files' to view a list of all audio recordings.
c. Entering the Saskatchewan Archives’ reference number provides quick access to information about a particular photograph or document.

d. Selecting a community from the drop down list will locate all of the images connected to a particular district, town, or city. The community name can also be combined with the type of media.

About the Banner Image

The photograph at the top of the website was chosen to represent the settlement experience in Saskatchewan.  The families in the photograph immigrated to the Borden district of Saskatchewan shortly after the picture was taken in 1901. Refer to #R-B9408 for more information.   Looking for a new home and a new life in Saskatchewan, these English Quaker families were also looking for a society which would welcome them without prejudice.  They were a perfect example of the people who would establish Saskatchewan as one of the first multicultural areas in Canada.

One of the children is of particular interest since the website includes audio recording of interviews she did in 1978, 71 years after she immigrated to Saskatchewan.  Mary McCheane, the subject of the interviews, is the young girl standing in the middle of the photograph wearing the white smock.  Her father, Nathan Saunders, is standing to her left.  Mary was 10 years old when this picture was taken in 1901.  Like many immigrants, her father travelled ahead to Saskatchewan in 1904 and the rest of family, including Mary, followed in 1907.  The interviews with Mary, at age 87, are on audio tapes A-1596-1 and A-1596-2.  She explains why her father came to Saskatchewan and what life was like for them on the homestead.  As a child about to immigrate to Saskatchewan from England and as a pioneer telling her story, Mary McCheane’s life mirrors the settlement experience in Saskatchewan.


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