Saskatchewan Activist and The Ballantyne Project

Apr 22, 2022 | In the Legislature

Mr. Love: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today I wish to draw attention to a resident of Saskatoon Eastview who I’ve mentioned before, but someone who deserves recognition once again. Last

summer B’yauling Toni, a 21-year-old engineering student, cycled his way around the province to residential school sites to deliver handmade moccasins made by Chokecherry Studios in

Saskatoon. But then in December, he partnered with The Ballantyne Project, an organization that supports Indigenous youth in remote regions of Saskatchewan. B’yauling this time snowshoed 300 kilometres from Saskatoon to the site of the former Timber Bay children’s home. The trek took 10 days and he slept mostly outside in his tent during what was one of the

coldest stretches that we had all winter.

He joined his voice with that of Lac La Ronge Indian Band in asking the Timber Bay children’s home be officially recognized as a residential school. The home operated from 1952 to 1994 but

is not recognized as a residential school because funds were transferred from the federal government to the province of Saskatchewan, who then paid the church to run the school.

B’yauling’s snowshoe trek raised awareness on an important point — survivors of the home cannot access the same support and compensation as other survivors of the residential school

System. I invite all treaty people in the Assembly to join me in thanking B’yauling and The Ballantyne Project as they seek justice for the youth who attended the Timber Bay children’s home. Thank you.