The choice of living part of one's life in French in Saskatchewan is a central element of the Fransaskois identity. A fransaskois is someone who identifies with the Francophone community of Saskatchewan, whether by birth, marriage, adoption or simply by self-identification.
As Fransaskois, we not only contribute to the vitality of the French language in Saskatchewan but also to the growth and development of the province of Saskatchewan as a whole.
The fransaskois flag
The Fransaskois flag's golden background symbolizes the wheat fields of southern and central Saskatchewan.
The green colour represents the forests of the north. The cross reminds us of the support of the franco-canadian clergy who were often colonization agents in the early settlement of Saskatchewan’s French Canadian community.
The fleur-de-lis represents the French language. The graphic design of this fleur-de-lis is inspired by the design of the Metis provisional government flag of 1885. The red colour represents the determination of the Fransaskois.
The Fransaskois Flag can be seen at francophone schools, community centres and in a number of francophone communities where significant contributions by the population have been recognized by the province. These locations are, Duck Lake, Ferland, Saint-Denis, Gravelbourg, Zenon Park, Bellegarde, North Battleford, Regina, Saskatoon, Ponteix and Prince Albert.
Francophone villages in Saskatchewan are essentially concentrated in three regions. The first one developed at the end of the 19th century, along the North and South Saskatchewan Rivers, and includes the villages of, Duck Lake, Saint-Isidore-de- Bellevue and Saint-Louis. This zone eventually came to encompass the cities of Saskatoon, North Battleford and Prince Albert. It also includes the villages of Saint Denis, Vonda and Prud’homme as well as the more remote communities of Zenon Park, Saint- Brieux, Debden and Delmas.
The second Francophone region found in Saskatchewan is situated in the southeast of the province in a collection of villages from Bellegarde to Montmartre and including Cantal, Alida, Wauchope and Forget. It was settled at the beginning of the 20th century by European immigrants from France and Belgium.
A third region is found in the southwest of the province, around the villages of Gravelbourg, Ponteix, Val-Marie, Saint-Victor and Willow Bunch.
The francophone population of the main urban centres of Saskatchewan, Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw, has grown considerably as a result of Francophones migrating to the cities. New French-speaking immigrants also gravitate to urban areas.