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Spirit Bear Educational Resource Kits

The Jolys Regional Library is proud to announce a great new resource available to loan for FREE!   Take the first step as a family and learn about Truth & Reconciliation and the role we can play.

Contact us to place a hold.

Kits are available in both FRENCH & ENGLISH!

Each kit includes:

  • Themed Spirit Bear book written by Cindy Blackstock
    • Every book is based on true events and teaches children and youth that, “just because you’re small, doesn’t mean you can’t stand tall!” 
  • Learning Guide packed with wonderful resources
    • The guide supports families, educators, and communities in using Spirit Bear’s book to teach about equity, reconciliation, and how children can make a difference.

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)!

Available Kits:



Download a free PDF of Spirit Bear and Children Make History!

VERSION FRANÇAISE: Télécharger une version gratuite du livre électronique de Spirit Bear et les enfants passent à l’histoire!

Indigenous Languages

Other Languages

PDF icon Learning Guide – Spirit Bear and Children Make History


VERSION FRANÇAISE: PDF icon Guide d’apprentissage – Spirit Bear et les enfants passent à l’histoire

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

VERSION FRANÇAISE: Télécharger une version gratuite du livre électronique de Spirit Bear: pêcher le savoir attraper des rêves !

PDF icon Learning Guide – Fishing for Knowledge, Catching Dreams


Download the Free e-book of Spirit Bear: Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams 
VERSION FRANÇAISE: PDF icon Télécharger une version gratuite du livre électronique de Spirit Bear : Rendre hommage aux souvenirs, semer des rêves

PDF iconLerning Guide – Spirit Bear: Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams


VERSION FRANÇAISE: Guide d’apprentissage – Spirit Bear : Rendre hommage aux souvenirs, semer des rêves guide d’apprentissage

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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.

About Cindy Blackstock

A member of the Gitksan First Nation with 25 years of social work experience in child protection and indigenous children’s rights, Dr. Cindy Blackstock is currently Executive Director of First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada, Associate Professor & Director of FNCARES (First Nations Children’s Action Research and Education Service) at University of Alberta and Professor in McGill’s School of Social Work. Dr. Blackstock’s research interests are indigenous theory and the identification & remediation of structural inequalities affecting First Nations children, youth & families.

An author of over 50 publications & a widely sought after public speaker, Dr. Blackstock has collaborated with other Indigenous leaders to assist the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in the development and adoption of a General Comment on the Rights of Indigenous children. Recently, she also worked with Indigenous young people, UNICEF & the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to produce a youth friendly version of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child. Her promotion of culturally based & evidence informed solutions has been recognized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Frontline Defenders and many others.

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