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Restoring Balance: Walking the History

Healthy People.        Healthy Land.        Healthy Relations.

Photo Credit: B. Gjetvaj /

Join us on a trek along the South Saskatchewan River.

When – September 23 & 24, 2017

Where – The South Saskatchewan River; from the Hague Ferry to Batoche (40 kms)

How – Safe grid roads and paths. Walk what you can. Ride and rest when you need.

Who – An intergenerational group of people who are passionate about the themes of the trek. 

           Special guest speakers: Maria Campbell, Metis Elder and author. Pat Adams, local historian and weaver.

Why –  Our communities are strongest when we have healthy people, healthy land, and healthy relations. Today we see the effects of imbalance – physical and mental illness, addictions and racism, climate change and environmental degradation. These issues are interconnected. They affect us all.

How do we restore balance within ourselves, with each other, and with the land

so that we can leave a legacy of strong communities for future generations?

These are the questions we will explore together learning from each other’s life experiences and special guests who carry knowledge of the history and interconnectivity of the issues we face.

Special Guest Speakers

  • Maria Campbell, Metis Elder and author will join us for breakfast on Sunday morning.
  • Pat Adams, local historian and weaver will join us for lunch on Saturday.


  • Rides from Saskatoon can be arranged.
  • Support vehicles will transport gear & provide rides to anyone needing a break.

Camp Sites

  • Friday (optional) – Hague Ferry Site
  • Saturday – One Arrow Powwow Grounds


Meals & Water Provided

  • Saturday – lunch and BBQ supper
  • Sunday – breakfast, lunch, and Tourtière supper


Camping Equipment & Supplies

Bring your own: tent/sleep gear, chair, snacks, water bottle, sun/bug protection


Sliding Scale Fee

The cost per person is $75. More if you can. Less if you can’t.

Click here to view in Google Maps.

A – Hague Ferry Site (East bank)

Meet here to depart at 9:00 am on Saturday morning. Some of us will camp out here on Friday night. You are welcome to join!

B – Fish Creek Foot Bridge 

This now serene ravine is where we will stop for picnic lunch on Saturday.

C – One Arrow First Nation Powwow Grounds 

Saturday night we will camp out at the One Arrow Powwow Grounds. BBQ supper will be provided by caterers from One Arrow First Nation.

D – Batoche National Historic Site

We will spend the afternoon here – relearning and reflecting on the history of this land and the 1885 Resistance.

In 2005, a group of seniors trekked the length of Saskatchewan from the border of the North West Territories to the border of the United States. Initiated by Cliff Shockey and inspired by a desire to promote healthy lifestyles, they called it the Sask Walk for Health.

Today, at the age of 81, Cliff has rallied a new, intergenerational team to organize a sequel! The group includes Wolf Willow Co-housing residents and other advocates for social and environmental justice.

Our group recognizes the interconnections between individual, collective, and environmental wellbeing. We acknowledge the impact that our colonial history has had on the health of people, land, and relations. We are learners and supporters of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada and its Calls to Action. We will walk with the intention of contributing to this collective journey of healing and restitution.

If you cannot attend but would like to contribute to this journey, we would gratefully accept your support in making it accessible and affordable for those who are able take part. 

Donations can be made by:

  • E-transfer to
  • Cheques payable to Restoring Balance mailed to 615 Main Street, Saskatoon, S7H 0J8
  • Cash hand delivered to Cliff Shockey at Wolf Willow Cohousing (530 Avenue J South, Saskatoon)

For more information or to donate, contact Bonnie at:

  • (306) 717-1757

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