What is Bear Witness Day?
“May 10 is Spirit Bear’s birthday and an important date in the history of Jordan’s Principle* at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. The Tribunal’s first non-compliance order called for Canada to fully implement Jordan’s Principle by May 10, 2016. Unfortunately, it took several more years and many non-compliance orders (September 2016, May 2017, November 2017) against Canada before any real progress was made.
Jordan’s Principle (www.jordansprinciple.ca) is a child first principle and legal rule named in memory of Jordan River Anderson. It ensures First Nations children receive the services and supports they need when they need them.”
Bear Witness Day seems like a fitting day to finally truly recommit to this blog, with a slightly adjusted focus (and explain where my time and attention has been that has taken my focus away from the topics I originally created this blog to address). In brief, I have been doing a lot of OT work with Jordan’s Principle over the last 3 years, and have been wanting to return to blogging with a slightly adjusted focus because of this work (while still also addressing issues related to inclusion and accessibility in Canadian theatre)
I did, in fact, write a post in that vein today, but I feel like it needs another while to sit, so for now I’m going to just post this as a commitment that I’m going to be back here soon–to resume writing on topics related to inclusion, accessibility and theatre (the original purpose of this blog), and one day to write about Jordan’s Principle (which has deep meaning for me).
But for now, since it is still Bear Witness Day here, I’ll end with this picture of my beloved teddy bear Heinz (trusty companion since 1983!), holding my phone, on which is a picture of my fingers holding a picture of Jordan River Anderson (from Alanis Obomsawin’s 2019 documentary Jordan River Anderson: The Messenger).