Who is Chief Ironhorse?

One of the first pre-requisites to ceremonially receive a name, the person must either be First Nations, or must be adopted into a Native American family.  In the case of Benjamin Thomas Chappell,  he was honoured at a naming ceremony by eight Nehiyawak (Cree) Chiefs among them Chief Eagle of Moose Wood and Chief Good Voice of Prince Albert who conducted the ceremonial function.   Names bestowed during the ceremony recognize a characteristic or quality of the recipient.

Item CVA 37Figure 10 Item: B.T. Chappell dressed as Chief Iron Horse City of Vancouver Archives CVA 371-1363 Major Matthews Collection 1-1363 - BT Chappell dressed as Chief Iron Horse
Figure 10 Item: B.T. Chappell dressed as Chief Iron Horse City of Vancouver Archives CVA 371-1363 Major Matthews Collection Item CVA 371-1363 – BT Chappell dressed as Chief Iron Horse

A naming ceremony is a sacred event honoured by the wearing of ceremonial regalia with respect given to this honour.  Everyone gathers in a prayer circle around the recipient.  A ceremonial fire marks the occasion which takes place out of doors.

Chappell truly felt honoured by the distinction and tribute bestowed upon him.  Not only did Chappell receive a name, he was honoured as Chief.  Named Chief Ironhorse, B.T. Chappell set great store in his chieftainship.  Chappell valued the ceremonial regalia conferred to him which included an impressive feather headdress and beaded buckskin coat.

Names which are bestowed upon notable persons recognizing their work with First Nations Peoples.  B. T. Chappell born May 31 in Prince Edward Island served as Superintendent, Pacific District, Western Lines. Canadian Northern Ry., Vancouver, was thence appointed General Superintendent, Prairie District, Western Lines, Canadian National Rys., with office at Saskatoon, Sask district.  While holding this term the Canadian National Railways assumed control over the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway doubling the mileage in his district.

When the Nehiyawak were first by French trappers, these indigenous peoples were called Kristinon, or Kristineaux, a French term shortened to “Cree.”

The First Nations living in Saskatchewan were mainly Plain Crees being the greatest and most proliferous on the plains.  They may further be referred to as Wood Cree, Plain Cree, or Swamy Cree depending on their particular region.

The wetlands namesake, Chappell Marsh commemorates Canadian National Railway General Superintendent Saskatchewan district Benjamin Thomas Chappell who was honoured as Chief Iron Horse, during a sacred ceremonial function by eight Cree chiefs.

 

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

P4G Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth The P4G consists of the Cities of Saskatoon, Warman, and Martensville, the Town of Osler and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park; planning for areas around the afforestation area and West Swale outside of Saskatoon city limits

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
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Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SW 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
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“St. Barbe’s unique capacity to pass on his enthusiasm to others. . . Many foresters all over the world found their vocations as a result of hearing ‘The Man of the Trees’ speak. I certainly did, but his impact has been much wider than that. Through his global lecture tours, St. Barbe has made millions of people aware of the importance of trees and forests to our planet.” Allan Grainger

“The science of forestry arose from the recognition of a universal need. It embodies the spirit of service to mankind in attempting to provide a means of supplying forever a necessity of life and, in addition, ministering to man’s aesthetic tastes and recreational interests. Besides, the spiritual side of human nature needs the refreshing inspiration which comes from trees and woodlands. If a nation saves its trees, the trees will save the nation. And nations as well as tribes may be brought together in this great movement, based on the ideal of beautifying the world by the cultivation of one of God’s loveliest creatures – the tree.” ~ Richard St. Barbe Baker.

“I believe in the Oneness of Mankind and all living things and the interdependence of each and all.” Richard St. Barbe Baker

“I believe in the Oneness of Mankind and all living things and the interdependence of each and all.” Richard St. Barbe Baker

 

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This website is about the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area - an urban regional park of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The hosts are the stewards of the afforestation area. The afforestation area received its name in honour of the great humanitarian, Richard St. Barbe Baker. Richard St. Barbe Baker (9 October 1889 – 9 June 1982) was an English forester, environmental activist and author, who contributed greatly to worldwide reforestation efforts. As a leader, he founded an organization, Men of the Trees, still active today, whose many chapters carry out reforestation internationally. {Wikipedia} Email is StBarbeBaker AT yahoo.com to reach the Stewards of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

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