Bear Witness Day

Bear Witness Day

May 10 is Spirit Bear’s birthday and an important date in the history of Jordan’s Principle at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. The Tribunal’s first non-compliance order called for Canada to fully implement Jordan’s Principle by May 10, 2016. Unfortunately, it took several more years and many non-compliance orders (September 2016May 2017, November 2017) against Canada before any real progress was made.

Jordan’s Principle ( is a child first principle and legal rule named in memory of Jordan River Anderson. It ensures First Nations children receive the services and supports they need when they need them.

Click on this link to hear Senator Brian Francis make a statement on Bear Witness Day 2019, honouring Jordan River Anderson and expressing support for Jordan's Principle.

Show your support and "Bear Witness" to ensure Jordan's Principle is fully implemented. Here are some things you can do: 

  • Bring your bears to daycare, school, or work on May 10.
  • Host a Jordan's Principle "teddy bear tea party." 
  • Have a "bear birthday party" during coffee break or lunch to honour Jordan River Anderson and to learn more about Jordan's Principle.
  • Learn more about Spirit Bear and get your Reconciliation Am'bear'rister in time for May 10!

Find out more about Jordan's Principle and don't forget to tweet and post your photos using the hashtags #JordansPrinciple and #BearWitnessDay.