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): Witnessed all hearings related to the Canadian Human Rights Case on First Nations children. 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. He received an Honorary Bearrister degree from Osgoode Law School this year and is excited about his book coming out later this year teaching children about reconciliation!

  • 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!