Welcome to Spirit Bear's website! On this site, you will find information about Spirit Bear's children's books, his calendar, the Spirit Bear Plan to end inequities in public services for First Nations children, youth and families, and much more. Thank you beary much for visiting!
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About Spirit Bear
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.
- 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
Spirit Bear Plan
End Inequalities in Public Services for First Nations Children, Youth and Families.
Books and Learning Guides
The Caring Society is proud to publish an award-winning picture book series written by Order of Canada recipient Cindy Blackstock (Gitxan Nation) and illustrated by Spotted Fawn Productions, led by Amanda Strong (Michif)! Every book is based on true events in relation to reconciliation education and it teaches all children and youth that, "just because you're small, doesn't mean you can't stand tall!"
The Caring Society is thrilled to be working with Spotted Fawn Productions to produce three stop-motion films based on Spirit Bear’s picture books. Stop-motion animation is the process of bringing static objects to life through a series of photographs that are woven together with sound and digital backgrounds to create a film.
Spirit Bear Virtual School
Spirit Bear’s calendar guides supporters through 12 months of fun and meaningful reconciliation activities in support of equity for First Nations children.
Host a Reconciliation Ambearrister (ambassadors + barristers) who will guide you through free ways to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and make a positive difference for First Nations children, youth and families.