WildWoods Of Saskatoon A Heritage Film

WildWoods Of Saskatoon A Heritage Film

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Remai Modern

102 Spadina Crescent East

Saskatoon, SK S7K 0L3


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What makes the WildWoods a Special Place? Inaugural introduction to this premiere film.

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A Tangible Legacy. History, geology, ecology, ecosystem services, Sense of place, opportunities.

Is it the Green Survival Program? Or the Afforestation Vision by City Planner Bert Wellman? What is the value of species at risk, trees, and wetlands? What is the Natural Capital Asset Valuation? What is known about the West Swale, and the Yorath Island Glacial Spillway? How does the Old Bone Trail fit in? Do the namesakes make the areas a special place? Or is it the spiritual and cultural significance of place? What is community place-making for you?

The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area , 132 ha in size, and the George Genereux Urban Regional Park , 60 ha in size were planted in 1972 under the Green Survival Program, and preserved in perpetuity by Saskatoon City Council a few years later. The Green Survival Campaign spread across North America with the message that "each individual can have a positive, meaningful effect on the quality of life by planting trees and other living plants."

“World afforestation is necessary because it is the most constructive and peaceable enterprise in which the nations could co-operate," Dr. Baker wrote in 1949…"It would check, stop, and reverse the advance of the deserts upon the good lands of the globe, and thus relieve the shortage of foods” (One Country, 1994) Baker is namesake of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area.

'If you can't help yourself, you should use your God-given talents to help others,' said Dr. George Genereux Olympic Gold Medalist champion and namesake of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park.

B.T. Chappell, CNR Saskatchewan Superintendent, city builder was a prime supporter of the Saskatoon Prairieland Exhibition for its success in the early pioneering days. Benjamin Thomas Chappell or "Ben" is the namesake of Chappell Marsh, the West Swale wetlands in Richard St. Babe Baker Afforestation Area.

Saskatoon Detective Sargeant Bruce Gordon was very active in the Saskatoon community as a volunteer, as a triathlon Ironman athlete, forward for the Blades and Medicine Hat Tigers. After retiring from the Saskatoon Police Force, Bruce went on to get a law degree and was called to the bar in a special ceremony at the Court of Queens Bench of Saskatchewan. #BeLikeBruce trail commemorates Gordon in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area.

The heritage documentary will feature guest speakers who speak to the rich history and heritage of the two afforestation areas the 132 ha (326 acre) Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and the 60 ha (148 acre) George Genereux Urban Regional Park.

Jeff O'Brien, B.A., M.A., City of Saskatoon archivist will speak to the greenspace heritage of the City of Saskatoon

Dr. Ernie Walker, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Archaeology & Anthropology professor emeritus will speak to the geology of the West Swale - Yorath Island Glacial Spillway where the afforestation areas are nestled.

Dr. Bill Waiser B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Distinguished Professor Emeritus. History professor emeritus will dispel myths and introduce intriguing commentary on the Old Bone Trail and its significant heritage in this era of Truth and Reconciliation.

Jeff Hehn ambassador of the Fatlanders Fatbike Brigade along with Reagan Wildeman, Jason Cain, Chris Gordon will speak to the legacy of Saskatoon Detective Sargeant Bruce Gordon and the active lifestyles community in the afforesatation area.

Anecdotes throughout the film will bring to life the notable figures of the afforestation areas including the personages of Dr. George Genereux, Richard St. Barbe Baker first Global Conservationist, Saskatoon Detective Sargeant Bruce Gordon community builder who inspired the #BeLikeBruce campaign, and B.T. Chappell, CN Saskatchewan Superintendent Saskatoon Prairieland Exhibition builder, supporter and champion.

The entire documentary will focus on environmental protection and nature based solutions for climate action, supporting the City of Saskatoon's heritage mandate, and the mandate of our charity to provide education and awareness on the afforestation areas. The documentary will embrace the City of Saskatoon strategic goals of environmental leadership, quality of life, and sustainable growth while supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 15 Life on Land, SDG 14 Life Below Water, SDG 13 Climate Action, SDG 12 Responsible consumption and production, SDG 11 sustainable cities, SDG 3 good health and well-being and the United Nations Decade on Ecological Restoration.


This heritage community film Wildwoods of Saskatoon is free with a general admission into the Remai Modern.

This is the inaugural event of #NationalForestWeek with a theme in 2022 "Canada’s Forests: Solutions for a Changing Climate" 2022 is the 30th anniversary of "Maple Leaf Day" or National Tree Day in Canada and the 50th anniversary of both afforestation areas planted to trees in 1972!

#NationalForestWeek / #SemaineNationaleDeLArbreEtDesForêts


Tom Roberts retired Canadian radio host and journalist from Stanley Mission

David Kirton, City Councillor, Saskatoon

Hilary Gough, City Councillor, Saskatoon

Mairin Loewen City Councillor, Saskatoon

Sarina Gersher City Councillor, Saskatoon

Dr. Ernie Walker Archaeology & Anthropology professor emeritus

Robert White BSA, MES (Env. St.) Recipient of the first Men of the Trees Prize at the University of Saskatchewan

Jeff O'Brien City of Saskatoon archivist

Jeff Hehn ambassador of the Fatlanders Fatbike Brigade, Reagan Wildeman, Jason Cain , Chris Gordon

Bill Waiser Historian

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