Books & 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!"
Digital copies of the books are available for free on our website to download. We also have accompanying book learning guides available for free for educators and community membears!
The books are also available to read in French and in some First Nations languages!
How to Order the Spirit Bear Books
The Spirit Bear books are 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.
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 have further ordering questions or you are placing an international order, please contact us.
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 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!
Spirit Bear's first book is available for free in Cree and Carrier, as well as French and Hungarian!
Special thanks to:
Madelaine Gamblin for the Cree translation
Dorothy Patrick and Alex Michel for the Carrier translation and audio/video read along
Mélanie Vincent for the French translation
Annamaria Szeles and David Major for the Hungarian translation
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.
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 friends won't stop until Shannen's Dream of "safe and comfy schools" comes true for every First Nations student.
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.
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 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!
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.
Spirit Bear: Echoes of the Past
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.
Spirit Bear: Echoes of the Past is available in Algonquin!
Special thank you to Bertha Chief and Kevin Chief for providing the translation.
We are in the process of creating Spirit Bear: Echoes of the Past Learning Guide. Thank you so much for your patience.
Thank you to the Sisters of Service and the NIB for their generous support!