Saskatchewan place names seem like they com from 'out of nowhere'.
But they do, in fact, come from somewhere.
They come from elsewhere (France, Ukraine etc.), or from local Indigenous languages. In the past, non-English place names were replaced (mostly the local Indigenous ones), translated, rejected or made up on the spot (like my town, Zénon Park).
I'm a Fransaskois illustrator. I love my province, but I'm critical of its history. Thinking about how place names were created, what they meant then, and what they mean now allows me to reflect on my place in the history of this province. Also, I love making puns.
Merci buckets, Thanks a latte,
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