July 26, 1929, the city paid a great tribute to B.T. Chappell, Superintendent of the Canadian National Railways Saskatchewan District for ten years. Chappell was well loved. Chappell was transferred to serve in British Columbia, in Vancouver. In less than two weeks, he left his Saskatoon post for the west coast. The city of Saskatoon held the largest farewell ceremony that had ever been featured. Chappell served the community also as director on the Exhibition board and the railways helped make the fair a success. A unique feature of the exhibition program created a spectacular occasion. Eight Indian chiefs came on stage. The President of the Exhibition board, Mr. Wilson introduced Mr. Chappell and the eight chiefs in turn.
“Mr Ben Chappell,” Chief Eagle , said slowly, “The Indians of the Moose Range and Round Plains Reserve saw in the Star-Phoenix that you were going away from Saskatoon. We are sorry for this. You are a good man. All the Indians like you. We hope you will like your new home in Vancouver. We now make you one Big Chief Iron Horse, and some day we hope be the the Big Chief of all the Railway.” January 29, Star Phoenix
At this point, Chief Good Voice of Prince Albert, raised an ornately beaded buckskin coat, and feather headdress, and helped Chappell adorn it.
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.
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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 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 believed that God has lent us the Earth. It belongs as much to those who come after us as to us, and it ill behooves us by anything we do or neglect, to deprive them of benefits which are in our power to bequeath.” Richard St. Barbe Baker