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Spirit Bear's Reconciliation Resources
June 26, 2018
Premiere Screening of "Finding Peter Bryce"
May 10, 2018
You are invited to the premiere screening of Finding Peter Bryce. This event will take place at the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa on May 10, 2018. The doors will open at 6:00 pm and programming will start at 6:30 pm. For the best seats please arrive somewhere between 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm.
6:00 pm: Doors Open
6:30 pm: Programming Begins
Finding Peter Bryce Synopsis:
Growing up, all Andy Bryce knew about his great-grandfather was that he wrote the first health code in Canada, and he lived in a big house in Ottawa. But that all changed the day Andy opened a box of family memorabilia that his mother had left for him when she died. He discovered that his great-grandfather, Dr. Peter H. Bryce was the Chief Medical Health officer for the Department of Indian Affairs in 1907 when he reported on appalling health conditions in residential schools on the prairies. Bryce’s report was discredited by the department’s chief bureaucrat Duncan Campbell Scott, and Bryce was later relieved of his duties at Indian Affairs. But for the rest of his life, Peter Henderson Bryce would lobby for better conditions for Indigenous people. He went on to write Story of a National Crime – An Appeal for Justice to the Indians of Canada.
In Finding Peter Bryce, journalist and teacher Andy Bryce traces his great-grandfathers story – from his childhood in rural Ontario, to his mysterious death on a cruise ship in the West Indies. He finds a brilliant and complex man who spoke truth to power and who could also inspire his grandchildren in the wonders of the garden. We are left wondering how many other great stories are to be found stored in cardboard boxes and forgotten filing cabinets.
Link to trailer: https://vimeo.com/189577852
Tribunal again tells feds to fund Indigenous child welfare, minister agrees
February 09, 2018
CTV News - Tribunal again tells feds to fund Indigenous child welfare, minister agrees
February 01, 2018
Breaking News: Tribunal issues fourth non-compliance order against Canada on FN child welfare
February 01, 2018
OTTAWA, ON (February 1, 2018, 9:00 a.m.) – The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (“the Tribunal”) has issued a fourth compliance order finding Canada’s approach to First Nations child welfare to be unlawful and discriminatory.
CBC Radio - Fix First Nations child welfare system now, says Cindy Blackstock
December 02, 2017
Federal Court of Appeal Decision: Motion for leave to intervene - STACEY SHINER ET AL v. AGC ET AL
November 24, 2017
Pre-order Spirit Bear and Children Make History
November 20, 2017
Coming December 5, 2017: Spirit Bear and Children Make History! Pre-Order this beautifully illustrated book telling the true story of how First Nations and other children stood together for fairness. Will make a perfect gift for children! Order yours for $15.00 plus shipping by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important Notice for 60's Scoop Survivors
November 11, 2017
Important notice for 60's Scoop survivors. The Caring Society is not directly involved in this proceeding. Contact persons listed in the notice for further information.
NEW!! Spirit Bear 2018 Calendar
October 19, 2017
Spirit Bear's Guide to Reconciliation 2018 edition:
Our 2018 calendars are officially sold out! Stay tuned for the 2019 edition of our calendar in the coming year.
Globe and Mail Article:
September 25, 2017
UNCERD calls on Canada to fully comply with and implement Tribunal rulings
August 25, 2017
Continued discrimination against First Nations children violates global anti-racism treaty
August 10, 2017
Joint press release by Amnesty International Canada, Broadbent Institute, Canadian Friends Service Committee, Children First Canada, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, Justice for Indigenous Women, KAIROS, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Project of Heart, Rideau Institute and United Food and Commercial Workers Canada.
The Star editorial: What will it take for Ottawa finally to tackle Indigenous child-welfare crisis?
May 29, 2017
Editorial by The Star on the FN child welfare case and Jordan's Principle. Read here.
Caring Society press release on third non-compliance order issued May 26, 2017
May 26, 2017
OTTAWA, ON (May 26, 2017, 2:00 p.m.) – Caring Society press release on third non-compliance order issued May 26, 2017
Breaking News: Tribunal issues a third non-compliance order on Jordan's Principle
May 26, 2017
OTTAWA, ON (May 26, 2017, 2:00 p.m.) – The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (“the Tribunal”) has issued a third compliance order finding Canada’s approach to Jordan’s Principle to be unlawful and discriminatory.
CBC News: Bear Witness Day brings awareness to Jordan's Principle
May 10, 2017
CBC News article on Bear Witness Day and the importance of Jordan's Principle, to view click here.
APTN National News: First Nations students in Thunder Bay raise money towards safe place to live
April 19, 2017
A news report released by APTN on April 19th : First Nations students in Thunder Bay raise money towards safe place to live
Students from Thunder Bay, ON organize a spring carnival to raise money for a safe place to live for future students
CBC News: Shannen Koostachin, Indigenous education advocate, named one of 150 greatest Canadians
February 14, 2017
A news report released by CBC on February 14th: Shannen Koostachin, Indigenous education advocate, named one of 150 greatest Canadians
Shannen & her legacy earn her a spot on the list of top 150 greatest Canadians, amongst Terry Fox and Emily Carr, to help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.
New Information Sheet!
February 06, 2017