The Cree people called Wascana, as they knew it, home long before the arrival of Europeans. They used the area as hunting grounds, thus giving the settlement its original name, meaning ‘pile of bones.’ In the 1880s the North-West Mounted Police arrived and built a fort to oversee the area and protect the newly designated capital of the Northwest Territories. As was the European way, the original name was changed to Regina, to honor Queen Victoria. Soon after, the railroad made its way through Regina and the population boom was on. By 1905 Saskatchewan was a province, and Regina was its capital.