October 2, 2020
The children’s book, "Spirit Bear and Children Make History," was written by Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. The Spirit Bear book has recently been made into an animated film and was recently showcased at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) and will be screened online from Prince George this Saturday (October 3) at 3pm – just by clicking on the link below!
Spirit Bear was born in Carrier Sekani territory, and Carrier Sekani Family Services’ Executive Director Mary Teegee is the voice of Mary the Bear in the movie. The FNCS partnered with CSFS and David Hodges from the N’we Jinan organization to develop a song for the Spirit Bear movie. Children from Carrier Sekani First Nations worked virtually (via zoom) and then in-person with David to develop the song lyrics and then record. What an experience for these kids - and staff! The song is proudly heard throughout the movie.
Created by award-winning Michif director Amanda Strong and her team at Spotted Fawn Productions, the short film is an animated adaptation of the Spirit Bear book. It tells the story of the historic human rights case for First Nations children at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that resulted in Canada being ordered to end its discriminatory underfunding of services for First Nations kids. Although progress has been made and kids continue to stand up for fairness, Canada has yet to fully comply with these orders. Highlighting how children and youth rallied in support of rights for First Nations children, the film offers opportunities for learners of all ages to see themselves as actors for social justice and meaningful reconciliation.
Watch the animated movie “Spirit Bear and Children Make History” this Saturday at 3pm by clicking on here.
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