United Empire Loyalist flag at Sask. legislature

The United Empire Loyalist flag was flying at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building on Thursday. (Stefani Langenegger/CBC)

Saskatchewan is paying tribute to the United Empire Loyalists today.

On Thursday, which is United Empire Loyalist Day, a replica of a 200-year-old British flag was flying from the Saskatchewan Legislative Building.

The flag, which looks similar to the modern Union Jack, is hanging off the Premier's balcony.

The government says United Empire Loyalists were among the first people to settle out west.

About 70,000 United Empire Loyalists fled their homes to live in Canada.