Books and Learning Guides

Our Notes on the Spirit Bear Book Series:

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!" 

Free digital copies of the books are available for free on our website to download. We also have accompanying book learning guides for educators and community membears! Click on the images below to learn more! 

The books are also available to read in French and in some First Nations languages!

The Spirit Bear Book Series and How to Order Them:

The Spirit Bear Book Series is physically available for purchase online through Indigo, Chapters, Amazon, or in person at a local bookstore near you! 

Bookstores, wholesalers, educational institutions, or anyone who would like to place a large order (over 10 books) can also contact University of Toronto Press Distribution. They sometimes have wholesale seasonal discounts, so we recommend contacting them and asking if they have any wholesale discounts available at the time of your purchase.  

if you have an international order, please contact the Caring Society directly: info@fncaringsociety.com

Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
www.utorontopress.ca | 1-800-565-9523

If you are interested in selling the Spirit Bear Book Series, please contact Ampersand Inc.

Sales: Ampersand Inc.
www.ampersandinc.ca | 1-416-703-0666

If you hold further ordering questions, please contact: info@fncaringsociety.com

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Spirit Bear and Children Make History book cover

Distribution: University of Toronto Press
www.utpdistribution.com | 1-800-565-9523

Sales: Ampersand Inc.
www.ampersandinc.ca | 1-416-703-0666

Spirit Bear And Children Make History

When Spirit Bear’s mom tells him about an important human rights case happening in Ottawa, Ontario, he makes the LONG trip (by train, his favourite way to travel) to go and watch, and to stand up for First Nations kids. And he isn’t the only one! Lots of children come too—to listen, and

When Spirit Bear’s mom tells him about an important human rights case happening in Ottawa, Ontario, he makes the LONG trip (by train, his favourite way to travel) to go and watch, and to stand up for First Nations kids. And he isn’t the only one! Lots of children come too—to listen, and to show they care. Spirit Bear knows that children can change the world because he’s there to see it happen. This is the story of how kids—kids just like you—made a difference… with a bit of help from some bears and other animals along the way!

Download a free PDF of Spirit Bear and Children Make History

Spirit Bear and Children Make History is now a film! Read about it on Spirit Bear's film page.

You can purchase a print copy in English and French from our online store or from your local bookstore!*

 

Translations

Indigenous Languages 

Spirit Bear's first book is available in various Indigenous languages! Click on the links below to read and download a free electronic version of each translation!

Cree Translation

Translated by Madeline Gamblin

Carrier Translation | Carrier audio/video Read Along

Translated by Dorothy Patrick and Alex Michell

Other Languages

French Translation

Translated by Mélanie Vincent

Hungarian Translation

Translated by Annamaria Szeles and David Major

 

Learning Guide

Spirit Bear is pawsitively thrilled about his Learning Guide to accompany Spirit Bear and Children Make History. The guide supports families, educators, and communities in using Spirit Bear's book to teach about equity, reconciliation, and how kids can make a difference. Download it for free below!

 

Did You Know? Spirit Bear and Children Make History and learning guide was an Indspire Successful Practice in K-12 Indigenous education! 

 


With special thanks to Unifor and the Canadian National Railway Company for their generous support of this project.

*Bookstores, wholesalers, educational institutions, international orders (outside Canada), or anyone who would like to place a large order (i.e., over 10 books) can contact University of Toronto Press Distribution or Ampersand Inc. 

Distribution: University of Toronto Press
www.utpdistribution.com | 1-800-565-9523

Sales: Ampersand Inc.
www.ampersandinc.ca | 1-416-703-0666

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Spirit Bear: Fishing for Knowledge, Catching Dreams book cover

Distribution: University of Toronto Press
www.utpdistribution.com | 1-800-565-9523

Sales: Ampersand Inc.
www.ampersandinc.ca | 1-416-703-0666

Spirit Bear: Fishing for Knowledge, Catching Dreams

Spirit Bear is off on another adventure! Follow him as he learns about traditional knowledge and Residential Schools from Uncle Huckleberry and his friend, Lak'insxw, before heading to Algonquin territory, where children teach him about Shannen's Dream. Spirit Bear and his new frie

Spirit Bear is off on another adventure! Follow him as he learns about traditional knowledge and Residential Schools from Uncle Huckleberry and his friend, Lak'insxw, before heading to Algonquin territory, where children teach him about Shannen's Dream. Spirit Bear and his new friends won't stop until Shannen's Dream of "safe and comfy schools" comes true for every First Nations student.

Download a free eBook of Spirit Bear: Fishing for Knowledge, Catching Dreams

You can purchase copies in English and French from our online store or from your local bookstore!*

 

Learning Guide

Spirit Bear is pawsitively thrilled about his Learning Guide to accompany Spirit Bear: Fishing for Knowledge, Catching Dreams. The guide supports families, educators, and communities in using Spirit Bear's book to teach about equity, reconciliation, and how kids can make a difference. Download it for free below!

 

Did you know? Spirit Bear: Fishing for Knowledge, Catching Dreams was the selected title in the children's category for the First Nations Communities Read 2019-2020 and Periodical Marketers of Canada Indigenous Literature Award! 

 

 

With special thanks to Sisters of Service, Unifor, and the Canadian National (CN) Railway company for their generous support of this project. 


*Bookstores, wholesalers, educational institutions, international orders (outside Canada), or anyone who would like to place a large order (i.e., over 10 books) can contact University of Toronto Press Distribution or Ampersand Inc. 

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Spirit Bear Honouring Memories, 
planting dreams book cover

Distribution: University of Toronto Press
www.utpdistribution.com | 1-800-565-9523

Sales: Ampersand Inc.
www.ampersandinc.ca | 1-416-703-0666

Spirit Bear: Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams

Spirit Bear is on his way home from a sacred ceremony when he meets Jake, a friendly dog, with a bag full of paper hearts attached to wood stakes. Jake tells Spirit Bear that school children and residential school survivors will plant the hearts when a big report on residential schools

Spirit Bear is on his way home from a sacred ceremony when he meets Jake, a friendly dog, with a bag full of paper hearts attached to wood stakes. Jake tells Spirit Bear that school children and residential school survivors will plant the hearts when a big report on residential schools called the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC for short) is shared. The TRC will have Calls to Action so we can all help end the unfairness and make sure this generation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children grow up healthy and proud!

Download a free eBook of Spirit Bear: Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams

Learning Guide

Spirit Bear is pawsitively thrilled about his Learning Guide to accompany Spirit Bear: Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams. The guide supports families, educators, and communities in using Spirit Bear's book to teach about equity, reconciliation, and how kids can make a difference. Download it for free below!


*Bookstores, wholesalers, educational institutions, international orders (outside Canada), or anyone who would like to place a large order (i.e., over 10 books) can contact University of Toronto Press Distribution or Ampersand Inc. 

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Spirit Bear Echoes of the past book cover

Distribution: University of Toronto Press
www.utpdistribution.com | 1-800-565-9523

Sales: Ampersand Inc.
www.ampersandinc.ca | 1-416-703-0666

Spirit Bear: Echoes of the Past

We are in the process of creating Spirit Bear: Echoes of the Past Learning Guide. Thank you so much for your patience. 

For the past 13 years, Spirit Bear has been working hard to make sure First Nations children get the help they need when they need it so they c

We are in the process of creating Spirit Bear: Echoes of the Past Learning Guide. Thank you so much for your patience. 

For the past 13 years, Spirit Bear has been working hard to make sure First Nations children get the help they need when they need it so they can grow up safely with their families, get a good education, and be healthy and proud of who they are. 

It's been a long journey, and Spirit Bear needs a vacation! He and his family set out for Songhees and Esquimalt territories (Victoria, British Columbia) for their holiday adventure. Along the way, they see a statue of John A. Macdonald - Canada's first Prime Minister - being removed from the steps of Victoria City Hall. Some people have signs that say, "Save the statue," and others have signs that say, "The statue must go!" Spirit Bear and his family learn why people disagree and how we can learn from the good and bad parts of history to make better decisions now and for future generations of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit kids. 

To purchase copies of Spirit Bear: Echoes of the Past, check your local bookstore!

Translations

Spirit Bear: Echoes of the Past is now available in Algonquin! Click on the link below to read and download a free electronic version of the translated book!

Algonquin Translation

Translated by Bertha Chief and Kevin Chief


Bookstores, wholesalers, educational institutions, international orders (outside Canada), or anyone who would like to place a large order (i.e., over 10 books) can contact University of Toronto Press Distribution or Ampersand Inc.