Spirit Bear and Children Make History

When Spirit Bear’s mom tells him about an important human rights case happening in Ottawa, Ontario, he makes the LONG trip (by train, his favourite way to travel) to go and watch, and to stand up for First Nations kids. And he isn’t the only one! Lots of children come too—to listen, and to show they care. Spirit Bear knows that children can change the world because he’s there to see it happen. This is the story of how kids—kids just like you—made a difference… with a bit of help from some bears and other animals along the way!

Download a free PDF of Spirit Bear and Children Make History

Spirit Bear and Children Make History is now a film! Read about it on Spirit Bear's film page.

You can purchase a print copy in English and French from our online store or from your local bookstore!*



Indigenous Languages 

Spirit Bear's first book is available in various Indigenous languages! Click on the links below to read and download a free electronic version of each translation!

Cree Translation

Translated by Madeline Gamblin

Carrier Translation | Carrier audio/video Read Along

Translated by Dorothy Patrick and Alex Michell

Other Languages

French Translation

Translated by Mélanie Vincent

Hungarian Translation

Translated by Annamaria Szeles and David Major


Learning Guide

Spirit Bear is pawsitively thrilled about his Learning Guide to accompany Spirit Bear and Children Make History. The guide supports families, educators, and communities in using Spirit Bear's book to teach about equity, reconciliation, and how kids can make a difference. Download it for free below!


Did You Know? Spirit Bear and Children Make History and learning guide was an Indspire Successful Practice in K-12 Indigenous education! 


With special thanks to Unifor and the Canadian National Railway Company for their generous support of this project.

*Bookstores, wholesalers, educational institutions, international orders (outside Canada), or anyone who would like to place a large order (i.e., over 10 books) can contact University of Toronto Press Distribution or Ampersand Inc. 

Distribution: University of Toronto Press
www.utpdistribution.com | 1-800-565-9523

Sales: Ampersand Inc.
www.ampersandinc.ca | 1-416-703-0666