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Saskatchewan and Alberta Join Confederation



Saskatchewan and Alberta Join Confederation
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     challenging words:    costing, rifles, treaty, prime, province, posts, easily, bison, flatten, pots, stayed, several, trapped, hundred, certain, government
     content words:    Saskatchewan River, First Nations, Louis Riel, Eight First Nations


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Saskatchewan and Alberta Join Confederation
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     What was it like in the Northwest two hundred years ago? The land was open. There were not many people. The natives hunted and lived on the land.
 
2     A few Métis lived there. They lived near the trading posts. Furs could buy blankets. They could buy rifles and cooking pots.
 
3     People began to move west. Farmers moved to Manitoba. After a while it became a province.
 
4     The Métis of Manitoba began to move. Some moved West. They chose land on the Saskatchewan River. They hunted and trapped fur.
 
5     Manitoba began to fill up. More people moved West. They began farming.
 
6     The government of Canada was glad to see changes. They wanted more land for the farmers.
 
7     A treaty was made with the First Nations. If they stayed in a certain area, the government would give them food. They could learn to farm.
 
8     The people agreed. By then, most of the bison had been killed off. The people had nothing to eat. They asked for food. The government did not listen. The native people did not know how to farm. The government did not help them.

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