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Ogema Boulder Effigy Protected Area

Bengough RM 40, Saskatchewan, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1986/05/26

View of site location on distant hilltop, left of road, 2004.; Government of Saskatchewan, Marvin Thomas, 2004.
Site Location
View of the prairie to the north of the site, 2004.; Government of Saskatchewan, Marvin Thomas, 2004.
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Other Name(s)

Ogema Boulder Effigy Protected Area
Archaeological Site DiNf-1

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Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2010/03/22

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Ogema Boulder Effigy Protected Area comprises 0.8 ha of land on the crest of the Missouri Coteau upland, approximately 10 km south of the Town of Ogema. The property features a large precontact age stone ring and two associated rock cairns situated on a prominent hilltop.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the Ogema Boulder Effigy Protected Area lies in its association with First Nations ceremonialism. Much larger than the stone circles that mark the former locations of tipi dwellings, the property’s large stone ring is assumed to have had a ceremonial function. Representing the interconnectedness of life, the circle is a sacred symbol for many First Nations. Thus, the circular stone structure likely enclosed some kind of sacred space, perhaps similar in meaning or purpose to a sundance lodge.


Province of Saskatchewan, The Parks Act, May 26, 1986.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the Ogema Boulder Effigy Protected Area resides in the following character-defining elements:
-elements that express the property’s ceremonial significance for First Nations, including the stone ring and associated stone features, and the site’s location on an undisturbed prairie hilltop.




Recognition Authority

Government of Saskatchewan

Recognition Statute

Parks Act, s. 5

Recognition Type

Protected Area

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land
Canada's Earliest Inhabitants

Function - Category and Type


Food Supply
Rural District or Area


Undetermined (archaeological site)
Exposed Site

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Heritage Conservation Branch, Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, 3211 Albert Street, Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 5W6

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

GR 2358



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