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   Memorials


Oct. 06, 2004


Oct. 06, 2004


Oct. 06, 2004


Nov. 02, 2004


Nov. 02, 2004


June 03, 2005


June 03, 2005


June 03, 2005

Monuments and Memorials:
United Empire Loyalists

Located on the north shore of the lake,
near Legislative Drive.

Erected in October 2004.
Plaques installed on June 02, 2005.

(Click on the picture for larger view)
(Unless otherwise indicated, photos by Don of www.WascanaPark.com)

  This cairn is built of fieldstones gathered from Saskatchewan Homesteads and yards of decendants of United Empire Loyalists who settled here prior to and shortly after 1905, included is one stone from Eastern Ontario where many of the Loyalists settleed after 1783. The base stone and cap-stone of this cairn are of Tyndall limestone which is what the legislative building is constructed.
These fieldstones, which came from all corners of Saskatchewan, are as diverse and unique as were the lives of those Loyalist descendants. Those people left comfortable homes and established lifestyles in Eastern Canada to carve out a new life in what is now our province. Like their Loyalist ancestors before them, their names and stories are not fully known.
Those families that today are aware of their background are equally aware of the sacrifices made by their forebears. Both the Loyalists and their descendants worked to create what we now take for granted. This pride in our past is what prompted those who built this cairn in this our centennial year. It is to be hoped it will serve as a reminder to the coming generations of the many contributions made by the Loyalists and their descendants to Canada and our province.
Let us remember how the Loyalist presence dramatically influenced how our country and how our province has evolved. The common threads of loyalty and parliamentary government was and still are the fabric of our society.
The foundation they built has served us well. God Save the Queen!

"When we build, let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us us think as we lay stone on stone , that a time is to come when those stories will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and men will say, as they look upon the labour and wrought substance, "See! This our fathers did for us.""      John Ruskin

Erected 2005 by the
United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada Regina Branch


  The American Revolution split the population of the Thirteen Colonies into two main groups - the Patriots and the Loyalists. The Treaty of Separation of 1783 ended the eight years of civil war. A third of the colonists were granted no rights in the new country, the United States of America. They were forced from their homes and resettled in British held territory to the north. Those that travelled overland were settled around Niagara or along the St. Lawrence River towards Lake Ontario. Those that were evacuated from the City of New York relocated in Quebec and in the Maritime provinces. They were of British, French, German, Dutch, Jewish, Mohawk and Black Loyalist background. They came from all walks of life. All had a firm belief in parliamentary rule of law and a strong attachment to the monarchy.
Many Loyalists and their sons were involved in the fur trade with the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company. Explorers such as Simon Fraser and Sir Alexander MacKenzie were sons of Loyalists.
The Loyalists and their sons and daughters rallied to defend their new homeland during the War of 1812. Their descendants have served, often with distinction, in subsequent World Wars. Loyalist descendants joined the North West Mounted Police and later the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to bring law and order to the territories and western provinces.
Their descendants were among the first to settle in what became the province of Saskatchewan. Most filed on homesteads. Others used their talents and skills in the villages and cities that grew to serve their communities. In 1932, the Saskatchewan Branch was organized in Regina. The present branch was founded in 1984.
Today one in six Canadians can trace to a Loyalist ancestor.

Erected 2005 by the
United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada Regina Branch