Saskatchewan: A New History

Waiser discusses Saskatchewan’s history and supplements his narrative with primary and secondary sources. In addition to tracing the settlement and industry opportunities afforded by the province’s available land and resources, the reader is introduced to Saskatchewan’s early forms of prejudice and racism influenced by a targeted immigration policy in the nineteenth and twentieth century. The efforts of colonization companies gave rise to Yorkton and Saskatoon. Waiser documents Douhkobour persecution at the turn of the century, measures taken by officials to prevent the immigration of Blacks, and the reduction of available land dovetailed with the Department of the Interior’s land surrender objectives with respect to Indian lands, starting with the 1901 surrender of Pheasant Rump and Ocean Man reserve lands. Waiser also provides a summary of other Indian land surrenders initiated and finalized by the federal government in order to make room for settlement.

Waiser, Bill
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Calgary: Fifth House