A member of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, Spirit Bear represents the 165,000 First Nations children impacted by the First Nations child welfare case at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, as well as the thousands of other children who have committed to learning about the case and have taken part in peaceful and respectful actions in support of reconciliation and equity.
Spirit Bear joined the Caring Society team in 2008 and immediately committed himself to witnessing all of the Tribunal hearings. In June 2017, Spirit Bear was awarded an honourary "Bearrister" degree from Osgoode Law School. In October 2017, he was officially admitted to the “Bear” by the Indigenous Bar Association.
On this site, you will find information about Spirit Bear's book, his 2018 calendar, and the Spirit Bear Plan to end inequities in public services for First Nations children, youth and families. Thank you bear-y much for visiting!
Spirit Bear, including his appearance and story, are protected by copyright, and may not be reproduced, republished, made available, communicated to the public by telecommunication, distributed, transmitted, broadcast, adapted, or otherwise exploited in any manner without the express prior written permission of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada.
- Indspire endorses Spirit Bear and Children Make History as a Successful Practice in K-12 Indigenous education!
- APTN News: Cindy Blackstock’s Spirit Bear book written to explain human rights to youngsters
- The Assembly of First Nations unanimously supports the Spirit Bear Plan during the 2017 Special Chiefs Assembly
- Spirit Bear on CBC: How a teddy bear received an honorary degree and why his work for Indigenous children still isn't done
- Spirit Bear makes his debut on CTV and promotes the Spirit Bear Plan