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Métis camp on the Elbow of North Saskatechewan River

Talle-de-Saules (now Willow Bunch), Saint-Laurent-de-Grandin and Batoche leave their mark in Saskatchewan

These new communities, created by Métis families trying to preserve their semi-nomadic lifestyle, are established in regions that will later become part of Saskatchewan.
"Buffalo Bull", a Cree Indian

The name “Saskatchewan” is used for the first time

The word “Saskatchewan” is derived from an anglicized version of a Cree word, kisiskâciwanisîpiy, meaning “swiftly flowing river.”
Studio portrait of Mr. McCarthy

English becomes the sole official language of the Northwest Territories

An ordinance and a resolution make English the only language permitted in schools and in the legislative assembly.

The Saskatchewan Act and the Alberta Act allow the limited use of French as a language of public instruction

Francophones of various origins settle in the newly created province of Saskatchewan, establishing numerous small villages.
September 1, 1905

Alberta and Saskatchewan join Confederation

Alberta becomes a province due in large part to the efforts of Sir Frederick William Alpin Gordon Haultain, a lawyer and member of the Council of the Northwest Territories and the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories.

Le Patriote de l’Ouest is founded in Duck Lake, Saskatchewan

The Catholic clergy is instrumental in creating this newspaper.

Local chapters of the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste are established in Saskatchewan

Because they are a minority in Western Canada, French and French-Canadian pioneers seek to preserve their language.
Logo of the Assemblée communautaire Fransaskoise

The Société du parler français en Saskatchewan is founded

The Société is created in Duck Lake, with the goal of bringing together French Canadians in Saskatchewan in order to promote, protect and defend their interests and their rights.
 Collège Mathieu
December 14, 1918

The Association des commissaires d’écoles franco-canadiens is created in Saskatchewan

The Association is founded at a time when the threat to French-language education is at its highest.
Loeffler refugee family settled at Edenbridge, Saskatchewan

Migration to the Canadian Prairies begins at the end of the 19th century and peaks in the 1920s

French-Canadian migrants and French, Belgian and Swiss immigrants settle in Saskatchewan.
October 22, 1926

The first meeting of the secret society of the Commandeurs de l’Ordre de Jacques-Cartier is held in Ontario

The society is a reflection of a certain amount of frustration among French Canadians who feel that their rights are being ignored.
June 1, 1952

“Crois, Façonne, Rayonne, Garde” (believe, shape, shine forth, preserve) are the words associated with the call sign of CFRG radio

CFRG’s motto reflects the mission of this French-language Saskatchewan radio station, to protect the language and faith of the province’s Francophones.

Saskatchewan amends its Education Act

The Education Act is amended to allow French language education, which had been banned in 1892.

Franco-Saskatchewanians become Fransaskois

The term “Fransaskois” is coined by Father Jean Patoine of Edmonton. It was not until the late 1970s, however, that Franco-Saskatchewanians began identifying with the term “Fransaskois.”
 l'Eau Vive newspaper current logo (2016)

The first edition of L’Eau vive, Saskatchewan’s only French-language weekly, is published

Its name comes from the French translation of the Cree word kisiskâciwanisîpiy, which means “swiftly-flowing river” and after which the province is named.
Fransaskois flag

In Saskatchewan, a contest is held to choose the Fransaskois flag

The contest is sponsored by the Association jeunesse fransaskoise.

Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Education creates the French Education Branch

The Branch is responsible for establishing and improving French-language education programs.
Archive picture of the Festival "On s'garroche à Batoche"

The Fête Fransaskoise is created

This event was inspired by the 1979 celebration called “On s’garroche à Batoche!”
Canadian Parents for French logo

The Saskatchewan branch of Canadian Parents for French is founded

It is the fifth provincial/territorial branch of the Canadian Parents for French network.
Association des parents fransaskois's logo

Fransaskois parents mobilize for the right to govern French-language schools in Saskatchewan

Along the way, they found the Association des parents fransaskois.
Troupe du jour's logo

La Troupe du Jour arrives on the scene in Saskatchewan

La Troupe du Jour is the only professional French-language theatre company in the province.
Logo of the Centre fransaskois de ressources culturelles et pédagogiques

The Centre fransaskois de ressources culturelles et pédagogiques is founded

This Centre is the result of the efforts of Collège Mathieu’s executives.
Fransaskois flag

Saskatchewan adopts its Act Respecting the Use of the English and French Languages in Saskatchewan

It is the first provincial act to define the status of the French language in Saskatchewan.
Logo of the La Cité - Université francophone in Regina (Saskatchewan)

The Language Institute building is inaugurated at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan

Today, the building houses the University of Regina’s La Cité universitaire francophone and BAC (Bachelor of Education) Program offices.

Saskatchewan creates its Francophone Affairs Branch

The Francophone Affairs Branch serves as a liaison between the provincial government and the Fransaskois community.
June 24, 1994

The first Fransaskois school board elections are held

Elections are held in eight communities, from Prince Albert to Gravelbourg.
Logo of Assemblée communautaire fransasksoise

The Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise is rechristened

Members of the Association culturelle franco-canadienne de la Saskatchewan decide on a new name and a new governance structure to represent the Fransaskois community.
 Réseau en santé en français en Saskatchewan's logo

The Réseau Santé en français de la Saskatchewan is created

The Réseau’s mandate is to promote, protect and improve access to French-language health services in Saskatchewan.
Francosaskoise Flag

The Government of Saskatchewan adopts its French-Language Services Policy

In the Policy, the Government of Saskatchewan recognizes that linguistic duality is a fundamental characteristic of Canada.
Logo of Francofièvre

The Coalition for the Promotion of the French Language and Francophone Culture in Saskatchewan is created

It launches Francofièvre to give Saskatchewan youth an exciting experience in French.
Francosaskoise Community Flag

Saskatchewan declares 2012 as the Year of the Fransaskois

This celebration commemorates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise.
Logo of the Conseil culturel fransaskois

The Fête Fransaskoise festival returns

After a 10-year hiatus due to a lack of funding, the Fête is revived by the Conseil culturel fransaskois.
Logo de la La Cité - Université francophone de Régina, Saskatchewan
September 1, 2015

La Cité universitaire francophone opens in Regina, Saskatchewan

La Cité is the result of a merger between the University of Regina’s Institut français and its Department of French.