Spirit Bear Award

Nominations for 2024 are now closed

Created in 2019, the Spirit Bear Award is named in honour of Spirit Bear, who is a symbol of reconciliation and equity for kids. 

Nomination Information

The Spirit Bear Award is awarded to groups of young people who demonstrate their commitment to reconciliation and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. This year, three awards of $500 will be given to groups of young people to use as they would like toward their activities or simply to celebrate!


We are grateful to the Olive Tree Foundation (Mohamed and Opheera Nasir Endowment Fund) for their generous annual contribution to the Spirit Bear Award!



To nominate a group who has been doing work toward reconciliation and the TRC Calls to Action, you will need to submit:


• Complete nomination form

• Cover letter explaining how the nominee meets the award criteria

• 2 letters of support

• Other materials that might support the nomination (links to video clips, pictures, etc).


The deadline for all nominations is Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 11:45 PM ET. 


For more information, please contact us.


Current & Past Recipients

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Grizzly Bear
K.I.D.S. Inc. at École Sir William Osler
Students at Sir Alexander Mackenzie (SAM) School
Honourable Mention: The Pas 4H Club - Helping Hands
Honourable Mention: St. Michael Fitzroy Kindergarten Class
Barbara Giroux's Grade One Class - Holy Family School
Shirley-Ann Oldnall, Katie Giles, Maskwa, and Thickwood Heights School
Asha Nagpal’s Grade One Class - Whiteoaks Public School
Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Jordan’s Principle Storytelling Project
Featherston Drive Public School R7A Class in Ottawa
Lilian Berg School’s Grade 7/8 Class in Vermillion Bay
ASIA North Poplar Indigenous Afterschool Program in Abbotsford
Thickwood Heights Public School in Fort McMurray
Juniper Land Base
Haley Paetkau and friends
Grade 5 Cohort Shortreed Elementary
Spirit Seekers - Normandeau School
ConnectR Youth Champions
Loughborough Public School
Ultimate School Agers
Harvest City Student Leadership