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Saskatchewan has close to 20,000 Francophones and over 50,000 French-speakers.
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Saskatchewan's Provincial Mineral
Sylvite is the mineral name for the chemical compound KCI, potassium chloride, commonly called potash. Potash ore is a mixture of sylvite, with lesser amounts of carnallite, halite and traces of hematite oxide (responsible for the characteristic pink to reddish-brown colour) and clay.
Potash was chosen as the provincial mineral following a province-wide competition open to Grade 8 school students, and was announced by the Minister of Energy and Mines in February 1996. It was made the official mineral emblem in 1997.