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S.M. 2021, c. 57

Bill 223, 3rd Session, 42nd Legislature

The Spirit Bear Day Act

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Explanatory Note

This note was written as a reader's aid to the Bill and is not part of the law.

This Bill proclaims May 10 of each year as Spirit Bear Day.

(Assented to May 20, 2021)

WHEREAS Jordan River Anderson, a First Nations child who had complex medical needs, lived his entire life in a hospital because the government of Manitoba and the government of Canada could not agree on which jurisdiction was responsible for his in-home health care costs;

AND WHEREAS Jordan River Anderson's tragic death led to the development of Jordan's Principle, a policy intended to prevent First Nations children from being denied prompt and equal access to government services because of jurisdictional disputes between different levels of government;

AND WHEREAS the proper implementation of Jordan's Principle has been found to uphold the human rights of First Nations children;

AND WHEREAS a teddy bear called Spirit Bear has become symbolic of Jordan's Principle;

AND WHEREAS observing Spirit Bear Day will help create awareness of Jordan's Principle and the challenges faced by First Nations children when accessing government services;

THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

Spirit Bear Day


In each year, May 10 is to be known throughout Manitoba as Spirit Bear Day.

C.C.S.M. reference


This Act may be referred to as chapter S194 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba.

Coming into force


This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.