Spirit Bear's Second Book

Spirit Bear is thrilled to announce the release of his second children’s book, Fishing for Knowledge, Catching Dreams. Written by Cindy Blackstock and beautifully illustrated by Michif artist Amanda Strong, Spirit Bear’s new adventure is available for $15 + tax and shipping. Order your copy through our online store or through our distributor, Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited.

Trade discounts are available to educational institutions and retail outlets through Fitzhenry & Whiteside. Please contact Sonya Gilliss or Judy Ghoura to place trade orders: 1 -800-387-9776 Ext 225 (Judy), Ext 250 (Sonya).

Book Description

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.


Dear Uncle Huckleberry,

Look up at the stars tonight. If you look closely, you’ll see Shannen Koostachin lighting the way.

Shannen knew that school should be a time for dreams and that every child deserves to have a safe and comfy school, a proper education, and to feel proud of who they are. Every child is sacred.

Did you know that many First Nations schools get less money from the government than other schools? Shannen knew this was wrong. And so do I.

And like my mom, Mary the Bear, always says, when we see something wrong, we need to help make things right!



With special thanks to Sisters of Service for their generous support of this project. 

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