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 2016, May 2017, November 2017) against Canada before 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.


Celebrated annually, Bear Witness Day honours Jordan River Anderson and invites people of all ages to "Bear Witness" to ensure Jordan's Principle is fully implemented!

People at a party, watching Spirit Bear presentation

Host a Teddy Bear Tea Party

Teddy Bear tea parties are a fantastic way to celebrate Bear Witness Day! 

Here is how you can host your own: 


Don't forget to share and post your Teddy Bear Tea Party photos on social media using the hashtags #JordansPrinciple and #BearWitnessDay

Spirit Bear with notebook and apple

Write a letter

 Write a letter to your federal elected official to implement the Spirit Bear Plan 

You can also write a letter to provincial or territorial leaders to make May 10th Spirit Bear Day in every province and territory. To learn more about this, check out our Spirit Bear Day Act document. 

Spirit Bear Poster

Read or Watch Spirit Bear and Children Make History

To learn more about Jordan River Anderson and why Jordan's Principle is so important, read or watch Spirit Bear and Children Make History. 


Take it one step further:

Read Spirit Bear's Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action and create a plan for how you will take action and respond to one or more of the Calls to Action