Regina is the capital of Saskatchewan, one of the Prairie Provinces of Canada. Regina is located on Treaty 4 land and lies within the traditional territory of the Metis.
First Nations Peoples have lived in this region for many thousands of years. The city was originally known as ‘Pile of Bones’. This area was one of the places the Indigenous people would come to hunt the buffalo. They began to stack the long bison bones into large piles as a way to honour the animals’ spirit. The buffalo herds were becoming depleted due to overhunting by non-Indigenous hunters. The First Nations peoples named the area oskana ka-asasteki, which roughly translates to ‘bone piles’. European fur traders, explorers and settlers translated this to Pile of Bones.
European settlement began in the 1880s. This agricultural community served as a distribution point for farm materials and produce. As the settlement grew and became established it was renamed Regina. Regina is latin for queen. Regina was named after Queen Victoria, who was the British monarch at that time.
Regina became a city in 1903 and two years later, Saskatchewan became a province. Regina was chosen as its capital. Regina is known as a cultural centre. There are numerous museums, parks and green spaces and many annual events.
The Royal Saskatchewan Museum was the first ever museum to open in the province and has exhibits on Canada’s Aboriginal peoples and native animals. There is the MacKenzie Art Gallery and the Saskatchewan Science Centre.
Regina is home to the RCMP Academy, Depot Division, which has been conducting police training since 1885. One can visit the depot to watch cadets in training or see the noon parade. The chapel, with its beautiful stained glass window, is one of the most famous buildings on the grounds.
The RCMP Heritage Centre tells the story of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police since its beginnings in the early 1870s. The Heritage Centre was opened in 2007 and it is owned and operated by an independent nonprofit organization called the Mounted Police Heritage Centre and it receives annual funding from all three levels of government, the city (municipal), the provincial and the federal governments.
Be sure and return next week as we visit a war torn country that begins with the Letter S.