The Caring Society - Bear Information

 

  • Barney Bear

    Barney Bear (age 1): Gifted by Nishnabe Aski Nation Elder Barney Battiste. Loves children and going to schools.

  • Cedar Bear

    Cedar Bear (age 1): Spirit Bear’s sister. Named by Andrea Auger. Hat made by the Nuu-chahnulth Nation. Regularly goes with Spirit Bear to the hearings and to visit children and youth across Canada.

  • Era Bear

    Era Bear (age 4): Joined the Caring Society in 2013, seven years after the Canadian Human Rights Case on First Nations children was launched. In many First Nations traditions, seven years marks a new generation, and so, Era Bear joined Spirit Bear to witness the proceedings.

  • Memengwe

    Memengwe (age 1): Spirit Bear’s sister. Named by children at Pierre Elliott Trudeau School with the guidance of an Algonquin Elder. Regalia made by Caitlin Tolley. Attended the graduation of students at Pierre Elliott Trudeau School this year.

  • Spirit Bear

    Honourary Bearrister

    Spirit Bear (age 10): Spirit Bear was gifted to the Caring Society by Carrier Sekani Family Services in 2008 and has since become a much loved reconciliation abassador. Spirit Bear witnessed all hearings related to the Canadian Human Rights case on First Nations child welfare. In recognition of Spirit Bear's participation in the case, Osgoode Hall School gave him an honorary law degree and granted him the title of Bearrister! Shortly after, Spirit Bear was admitted to the bear by the Indigenous Bar Association. You can read all about Spirit Bear and his journey in his new illustrated children's book Spirit Bear and Children Make History (order you own copy at info@fncaringsociety.com for $15 plus shipping). Regalia made by Red Cedar Gifts. Original Hudson Bay trading beads gifted by Alanis Obomsawin and Truth and Reconciliation Commission pin from former TRC chairperson Murray Sinclair. Spirit Bear enjoys meeting children and likes cookies. 

  • Cindy the Sheep

    Cindy the Sheep (age 1½): The real Cindy the Sheep (named after Cindy Blackstock) lives on a farm in British Columbia. Cindy the Sheep has won agricultural awards and the stuffy version of Cindy the sheep will be featured in Spirit Bear’s upcoming book to promote diversity!