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Published in Great Plains Research17:2 (Fall 2007). Copyright ©2007 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


For much of its history Saskatchewan has been a net exporter of people, mainly to adjacent Great Plains locales and across North America. Many expatriates retain psychological ties to this prairie province that stretch beyond familial or historical connections, and this deep sense of identity is puzzling to students of prairie polities. Unlike other established societies with high out-migration levels such as Newfoundland, Saskatchewan was settled fairly recently, and many families lived there for one or two generations at most before leaving. How is it that in a relatively brief period many new immigrants developed such a deep and abiding association with this province?