Métis Bear, cousin of Spirit Bear, belongs to the Honourable Senator Boyer. He was born on Bear Witness Day, the day that Spirit Bear came to the Senate to celebrate his birthday. Good fun was had by all at this event in the spirit of reconciliation. Métis Bear accompanies the Senator on her travels, meetings and formal events with the goal of reconciliation between all bears and people.
Bear Witness Day
Jordan’s Principle (www.jordansprinciple.ca) aims to make sure First Nations children can access all public services in a way that is reflective of their distinct cultural needs, takes full account of the historical disadvantage linked to colonization, and without experiencing any service denials, delays or disruptions because they are First Nations.
It has been 11 years since Jordan's Principle was unanimously passed in the House of Commons, and two years since the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered the federal government to fully implement Jordan's Principle by May 10, 2016.
In May 2017, the Tribunal issued a third non-compliance order finding Canada’s approach to Jordan’s Principle to be unlawful and discriminatory.
While some progress has been made in the last year, more needs to be done to ensure First Nations children get the help they need, when they need it.
Show your support and "Bear Witness" to Jordan's Principle Implementation by bringing your bears to daycare, school or work on May 10th. Host a Jordan's Principle "bear birthday party," coffee break or lunch to learn more about Jordan's Principle and to honour Jordan River Anderson!
Find out more about Jordan's Principle and don't forget to tweet and post your photos using the hashtags #JordansPrinciple and #BearWitnessDay
Métis Bear and the Black Rod
An interesting story developed on the day that Métis Bear was born that found the Senate in a bit of a kerfuffle. Métis Bear was place on Senator Boyer's seat in the Chamber when the Bear Witness Day festivities were finished. When Senator Boyer returned to look for Métis Bear, he was nowhere to be found. Senator Boyer notified the Usher of the Black Rod, who took the task of finding Métis Bear very, very seriously. The Black Rod sprang into action and alerted the Pages in the Chamber, who immediately dispatched to all points and began to track the whereabouts of the lost bear. There was much hand wringing and worry, but it wasn't long before Métis Bear was found and returned to his rightful place. Métis Bear was simply visiting another Senator's office to be fed his lunch! The moral of the story is that the "Black Road Always Finds his Bear!"
Orange Shirt Day in the Senate
September 30th is Orange Shirt Day. Métis Bear joined the Senators who wore orange shirts in honour of victims and survivors of residential schools.