A Final Resting Place

FTLComm - Weekes - August 14

Our attitudes toward the local cemetery is being serious altered as time moves along, the tradition of placing our ancestors in the ground has long been practiced in Canada as the people here long ago buried their dead, so have the Europeans who came so recently to this land.

These places are growing significantly in importance as we all become more concerned about our history and heritage. The fact that Europeans have gone to great lengths to mark the graves of those passed on leaves a tangible record that can help us understand the past and the lives the individuals of the past had to face. Human Geographers and anthropology students have long recognised the importance of the record

and importance of these places and the significant data retained on the markers. Saskatchewan has carefully legislated and regulated the grave sites around the province and you will find as soon as you start looking up your ancestors, you will be on the web looking up the locations of the various burial spots around the country.

This unusual little cemetery is located East and North of the village of Weekes and unlike most such places this one is not a part of a church yard or historical settlement. Instead, it is a small plot of land set aside and used since this part of Saskatchewan was settled. Since the 1970s a nearby farm family, the Lindenbacks, have taken an interest in the plot and have maintained and preserved the site so that it has become an activity used burial site for people in that area.

Pauline Lindenback has carefully placed local limestone stones for each grave site and recorded the name and times of the person's life.
We each in our time have occasion to visit cemeteries, sometimes to pay our respects and sort out our memories of those who are no longer with us, but sometimes we should consider these locations as a thought provoking location for us to identify our past, our history and appreciate the accomplishments of those who have gone before us to make our lives possible. The mere birth and death dates sometimes tells a whole volume about the sort of life conditions faced on the prairies and we would do well to pay attention to the messages to be found. We will in the future take you to other similar sites.