Learn about the Province of Saskatchewan and its Coat of Arms
Check out the shield of arms of Saskatchewan, Canada's sunniest province. That's right; Saskatchewan receives more hours of pure, unadulterated sunshine than any other Canadian province. Can you tell that those three gold column-like things on the green background at the bottom of the shield are actually three gold sheaves of wheat, also known as garbs? They represent the province's agriculture, and have become the general symbol for this prairie province. Saskatchewan's coat of arms (formally known as The Arms of Her Majesty in Right of Saskatchewan), granted by the royal warrant of King Edward VII on August 25, 1906, also boasts a red lion passant on a gold background, a royal symbol of England. These English lions are usually gold with red claws and tongues, but since they chose to put it on a gold background, the default color changes to red with blue claws and tongue. As you may have already guessed, the province's colors are green and gold.
More Facts about the Province of Saskatchewan
While Saskatchewan is known for being mostly prairie, there are also many lakes, reservoirs and rivers. Oddly enough, many of these places are named after body parts, including: Knee Lake, Eyebrow, Moose Jaw, Arm River, Head Lake, Skull Creek, Elbow and Bone Creek. Creepy, right? Cree is the most commonly spoken Aboriginal language in the province; there are approximately 20,000 Skatchei Cree-speakers, making it the second most common language in Saskatchewan after English. Cree bands make up over half of the 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan.
Another fun fact is that the word "hoser" originated in Saskatchewan. It derisively referred to someone who would be low enough to steal gasoline by siphoning it with a hose from another person's gas tank. Who knew?!