The Caring Society is thrilled to be working with Spotted Fawn Productions to produce four stop-motion films based on Spirit Bear’s picture books. Stop-motion animation is the process of bringing static objects to life through a series of photographs that are woven together with sound and digital backgrounds to create a film.
Led by Michif artist Amanda Strong (the same artist who illustrated Spirit Bear’s books), Spotted Fawn Productions has been hard at work on the films since early 2018, writing the scripts, developing concept art and building incredibly detailed puppets and sets based on all of our favourite characters from the books.
The films are voiced by Indigenous and non-Indigenous children, youth and adults. And Spirit Bear also now has a theme song, written and sung by a group of special young people from Saik’uz First Nation, Takla First Nation, Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation, and Lake Babine Nation. A special thank you to these young people and David Hodges (inPath) for creating this beautiful song!
The Caring Society is committed to honouring the transmission of knowledge through diverse formats. We hope that Spirit Bear’s films will help engage an even wider audience in the movement for equity for First Nations kids, while also honouring other important ways of teaching and learning, such as storytelling and visual media.
*Available Sept. 23 - Oct.2 - Spirit Bear: Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams
Watch Spirit Bear’s newest film Spirit Bear: Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams online for free from September 23 to October 2, 2023. This is a NEW film in the Spirit Bear series, honouring the memories of all the children and families affected by residential schools and the veterans who fought for peace and justice for all people in Canada.
Synopsis: Spirit Bear is visiting Algonquin territory when he meets Jake, a friendly dog with a bag full of paper hearts attached to wood stakes. Jake tells Spirit Bear that school children and residential school survivors will plant the hearts when a big report on residential schools called the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC for short) is shared. The TRC will have Calls to Action so we can all help end the unfairness and make sure this generation of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit children grow up healthy and proud!
Spirit Bear: Fishing for Knowledge, Catching Dreams
Spirit Bear is off on another adventure in his second film, Spirit Bear: Fishing for Knowledge, Catching Dreams (22 min, 2022). This stop-motion animation of the book by the same name was adapted for screen by Michif animator Amanda Strong and Cindy Blackstock. Follow Spirit Bear as he learns about traditional knowledge and Residential Schools from Uncle Huckleberry and his friend Lak'insxw before heading to Algonquin territory, where children teach him about Shannen's Dream. Spirit Bear and his new friends won't stop until Shannen's Dream of "safe and comfy schools" comes true for every First Nations student.
Film is available with French subtitles or English captions.
Purchase a digital or DVD copy of Spirit Bear: Fishing for Knowledge, Catching Dreams through:
Or watch on VUCAVU, pay per view
Spirit Bear and Children Make History
Spirit Bear's first film, Spirit Bear and Children Make History (26 min, 2020), is a stop-motion animation of the book by the same name adapted for screen by Michif animator Amanda Strong and Cindy Blackstock. It tells the story of Spirit Bear hopping a train to Ottawa and banding together with children and animals to end injustice against First Nations children at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Based on a real case that resulted in Canada being ordered to end its discriminatory underfunding of services for First Nations kids, this film was made especially for children, but is essential viewing for all Canadians.
Closed captioned and French subtitled versions available.
Watch Spirit Bear and Children Make History for FREE by clicking on the embedded video on the left, or purchase a DVD or digital copy through one of our distributors: