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Regina Leglislative Building, Saskatchewan, Canada 01

Regina Leglislative Building, Saskatchewan, Canada 01

Description : Long before the arrival of settlers, the Regina area was known by First Nations hunters as a place where buffalo grazed. The Cree Indians who came to the area used buffalo as their main source of food, clothing and shelter. The bones remaining from the buffalo hunt were gathered into huge round piles. These piles were about two metres high and 12 metres in diameter at the base. Shin bones and other long bones were placed at the bottom of the pile, radiating out like the spokes of a wheel. The Indians believed the buffalo would not leave an area that contained the bones of other buffalo. The Cree name for this special place was Oskana-Ka-asateki - the bones that are piled together. The first settlement at the site was called Pile O Bones.

Building the railroad
In the late 1800s a railroad was built across Canada so the country could be connected from east to west. The first train came to Pile O,Bones in 1882. The site was just a tiny village. It was renamed Regina in honor of Queen Victoria. Regina means queen.

The name Saskatchewan comes from the Cree word Kisisskatchewan
which means swift flowing river.

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