Saskatchewan is located smack in the middle of Canada in an area called the prairies. It is geographically unique in that it is the only province to share a border with every other province in the country (not including the territories, of course -- that would be silly).
Aside from being especially great for travelling through to get to other provinces, Saskatchewan is also known for being exceptionally flat. In fact it is so flat that most rivers don't flow anywhere, but rather behave like really long, skinny lakes. Many of these "lakes" are marked by trading posts and mills, which work wheat, canola, flax, rye, oats, peas, lentils, canary seed, walnuts, and barley. That may sound like a crazy amount of grain (and it is), but a regional recipe known as Sakatchebread actually calls for every single one of those grains and about 30 others.
The Moose Jaw Canal is often used as an easy passage from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean. The canal was once a significant source of income for Saskatchewan thanks to vacationing sailors. It is probably also the reason a lot of Saskatchewanonians felt that seeking their sovereignty from the rest of Canada was the right course of action. In 1998 Leslie Nielsen, the then leader of the grassroots movement for a free and independent Saskatchewan, called for a referendum on the subject. It was a close call with 55% voting to stay, 33% voting to separate, and 12% not having a clue what the referendum was asking them.
However, the minority who wished to separate were a vocal one and Saskatchewan was plunged into a bitter civil war. Today, Saskatchewan is a land largely controlled by pirates. The apparent leader of the pirates, known only as Wheatbeard, has repeatedly refused to meet with government officials for peace talks. A once beautiful landscape, now pillaged and (still) flat, is no longer Canada’s trade centre. Currently, the province can only offer a steady supply of pain and professional Hockey players (that’s right, we capitalize Hockey here).
[mp3] Arrogant Worms - Pirates of Saskatchewan
[mp3] The Guess Who - Running Back to Saskatoon
[mp3] Johnny Cash - Girl in Saskatoon
[mp3] Stompin' Tom Connors - Roll On Saskatchewan
[mp3] Les Trois Accord - Saskatchewan
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