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The land that now forms Saskatchewan and Alberta was originally part of the Northwest Territories. By the beginning of the 1900s, many people wanted this to change. The leader of the Territories was F. W. G. Haultain. He and others had several reasons to want to create new provinces:
Northwest Territories joins Canada, 1870
Districts of Saskatchewan and Alberta, 1898
Saskatchewan and Alberta created, 1905
Oats from a new land, Alberta (A Swede homesteader, 1919)