Sunday June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. The Government of Canada has a compilation of activities to celebrate this occasion. It falls on a traditional First Nations day of celebration as it rather coincides with the solstice marking the longest day of the year. The event honours achievements of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit.
The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. This afforestation area honours the heritage of the “Old Bone Trail” which runs through this site. The Old Bone Trail eventually connected Saskatoon to Calgary. When it originated, it was used by the First Nation and Métis people hauling buffalo bones from the prairies into Saskatoon.
The Old Bone Trail connected Zealandia in Goose Lake Country and Saskatoon when it was first used. The trail ran alongside the Canadian National Railway line, and made its way north through the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area although the trail was used in the early 1900s and the land for Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area was not purchased until 1960, afforested as a tree nursery in 1972, and named in 1978-1979 – so the trail preceded the afforestation area.) Once the trail reached the current location of “11th Street” the trail turned east and continued to the location of the CNR rail yards.
According to the “Old Bone Trail” by Evan Davies, the trail when it left Saskatoon back toward Goose Lake Country, travelled on, and ended abruptly without connecting another large centre. After the Old Bone Trail ceased its use to bring buffalo bones into Saskatoon’s rail station, then the trail received use from homesteaders. These immigrants would disembark at the rail station, buy supplies, and travel out to their new homestead via the Old Bone Trail. In time it went all the way to Calgary, Alberta.
During this era, the CNoR station was located where the Midtown Plaza now stands, and the location of the Qu’appelle, Long Lake and Saskatchewan (QLLS) Railway Bridge (The start of the GLLS bridge construction began in 1890. In 1889, the QLLS company’s railways were leased to the Canadian Pacific Railway and finally taken over by the Canadian Northern Railway in July 1906. Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR) saw a 1923 merger into the Canadian National Railway. In 1964 the train station at Chappell Yards was built by Canadian National Railway as a union station).
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For more information:
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′
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SE 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
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
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Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)? with map
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What was Richard St. Barbe Baker’s mission, that he imparted to the Watu Wa Miti, the very first forest scouts or forest guides? To protect the native forest, plant ten native trees each year, and take care of trees everywhere.
“We stand in awe and wonder at the beauty of a single tree. Tall and graceful it stands, yet robust and sinewy with spreading arms decked with foliage that changes through the seasons, hour by hour, moment by moment as shadows pass or sunshine dapples the leaves. How much more deeply are we moved as we begin to appreciate the combined operations of the assembly of trees we call a forest.”~Richard St. Barbe Baker
“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.