May 10th is Bear Witness Day

May 10th is Bear Witness Day
Posted on 05/09/2022
May 10th is Bear Witness Day

Each year on May 10th, we recognize Bear Witness Day / Journée de l’ourson témoin. Bear Witness Day is Spirit Bear’s birthday, and honours the memory of Jordan River Anderson through the full and proper implementation of Jordan’s Principle.

Jordan’s Principle is a legal rule ensuring First Nations children can access the services they need when they need them. Leading up to May 10th, OCDSB staff, students, and families are invited to ensure that Jordan’s legacy is respected in the following ways: 

  • Reading the story “Spirit Bear and Children Make History”. Free PDF copies in multiple languages can be downloaded at this link 
  • Watching the film “Spirit Bear and Children Make History”, available online between May 1st and May 11th
  • Watching the documentary, “Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger” 
  • Placing a teddy bear or a drawing of a bear in your window
  • Posting on social media using the hashtags #JordansPrinciple and #BearWitnessDay
  • And more - visit First Nations Child & Family Caring Society for more ideas and information. 

Please join us and stand with First Nations children, families, and communities by supporting the full implementation of Jordan’s Principle on May 10th. You can also read more stories with Spirit Bear and friends all year long: visit the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society for more. 

For more learning resources, please reach out to members of the OCDSB's Indigenous Education and Learning Team.

 


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