Saskatchewan[sas kac̸h′ə wän′, -wən]
- river in central Saskatchewan flowing east into Lake Winnipeg: 340 mi (547 km); with principal headstream 1,205 mi (1,939 km)
- province of SC Canada: 251,700 sq mi (651,900 sq km); pop. 990,000; cap. Regina: abbrev. SK or Sask
Origin of Saskatchewanearlier Keiskatchewan, name of the river ; from Cree kisiskatchewani sipi, literally , swift-flowing river
Abbr. SK or Sask.
A province of south-central Canada. Granted to the Hudson's Bay Company in 1670 as part of Rupert's Land and used by fur trappers during the 1700s, the area became part of the Northwest Territories in 1870 shortly after Canadian Confederation. The influx of settlers that followed led to the creation of Saskatchewan as a province in 1905. Regina is the capital.