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“Spirit Bear and Children Make History” Exhibit June 07 to September 30 in Prince George, BC

News Release: Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) Territory

The Our Children Our Way Society congratulates Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, the Caring Society, Carrier Sekani Family Services, and The Exploration Place on the opening of the Spirit Bear and Children Make History exhibit in Prince George!

Spirit Bear, a national symbol for Indigenous Children’s rights and issues, represents the 165,000 First Nations children impacted by the First Nations child welfare case at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and is one of many strong advocates within the Caring Society’s team.

Based on true stories, the Spirit Bear and Children Make History exhibit shows how children of all diversities stand with First Nations to achieve what Elder Elmer Courchene called “loving justice” in First Nations children’s services.

The multimedia exhibit features interactive puppets and sets from Spirit Bear’s four stop-motion animated films by award-winning Indigenous Studio Spotted Fawn Productions and includes interactive elements to further engage children. The exhibit also showcases archival material from a landmark human rights case for First Nations children, Jordan’s Principle, Shannen’s Dream, and important lessons from history.

This exhibit creates a beautiful opportunity to pause and reflect on where we are at in the journey towards achieving substantive equality and justice for all children, and thanks to the persistent advocacy and heart-work led by so many, there is so much to celebrate and to give us hope. The Our Children Our Way Society extends our gratitude to those who have created space to uplift these stories and to all those who will open their hearts to hear them.

The exhibit will run from June 07 until September 30, 2024 at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park, 333 Becott Place, Prince George, BC V2L 4V7.

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For further comment, please contact the Our Children Our Way Society:

  • Mary Teegee, Chair – Phone: 250-612-8710
  • Jennifer Chuckry, Executive Director – [email protected]