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Toni B’yauling, 21, set off from Saskatoon on an almost 10-day expedition to help Timber Bay Children’s Home

Toni B'yauling, 21, set off from Saskatoon on an almost 10-day expedition to Timber Bay Children's Home

A Saskatoon guy tented trailside with only a sleeping bag and a small fire for many nights, oftentimes facing temperatures as low as -30 C.

B’yauling Toni, a 21-year-old non-Indigenous engineering student at the University of Saskatchewan, started a 300-kilometer snowshoe walk to the Timber Bay Children’s Home in northern Saskatchewan on December 18. On December 28, he arrived at the end of his journey.

Toni is pushing for the children’s home to be designated as a residential school, something the Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB) has been demanding for years.

“As non-Indigenous people, I believe we bear a great deal of responsibility in taking that initial step toward reconciliation. We often talk about restoring that relationship, but we’ve been waiting for Indigenous people to take the first step and battle their way back for far too long “In an interview with CBC News, Toni stated.

“But, if it is what we truly desire, we must be the first to take that step. As a non-Indigenous person, as a Canadian who has benefited from colonization, I believe it is critical that I go out and express my gratitude.”

From 1952 to 1994, the Timber Bay Children’s Home, located about 105 kilometers north of Prince Albert, hosted hundreds of kids from the LLRIB and across northern Saskatchewan.

Source: CBC News

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