Spirit Bear and Children Make History, based on a true story, 2nd ed.

SKU: 9781777009168

Cindy Blackstock, Eddy Robinson
Strong, Amanda
Spirit Bear
Grade Levels:
Three, Four, Five, Six
Carrier, Multiple Nations
Book Type:
First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada
Spirit Bear
Copyright Date:

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Spirit Bear and Children Make History, based on a true story, is told by Cindy Blackstock and Eddy Robinson and tells the true story of how First Nations and other children stood together for fairness. With soft colour illustrations from Amanda Strong, this book explains the story about a human rights case before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for an elementary audience. In January 2016, nine years after the case was filed, the Tribunal ruled that the government of Canada was racially discriminating against 165,000 First Nations children by underfunding child welfare and failing to provide equitable public services. This complex subject is told through the perspective of a small white teddy bear, Spirit Bear. In the account Spirit Bear travels by train to Ottawa to attend the tribunal. His account and appearance makes the story accessible for children as the bear encourages all children to work for fairness. Spirit Bear is a member of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council and has an honourary law degree and was made a bearister by Osgoode Law School. This resource is a powerful account of a justice issue involving First Nations children by explaining Jordan’s Principle and demonstrating how all children can work for fairness and reconciliation. Highly recommended.

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