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Bella Twin and the Grizzly Bear

By Emma Knight, Assistant Curator, Indigenous Studies, and Lisa Kaiser, School Programmer

Do you love a good story like we do? Today, from Amiskwaciwâskahikan in Treaty Six territory, we have a special story from “As Long as the Rivers Flow” by Cree author Larry Loyie and Constance Brissenden, in honour of #OnceUponATimeMW and #IndigenousHistoryMonth.

This incredible story, based on true events, introduces the amazing Bella Twin, Larry's Cree-Iroquois grandmother, who shot and killed the world’s largest Grizzly bear in 1953.

We’d like to thank Constance Brissenden for sharing photos and information about Bella’s life with us, and for permission to share this story with all of you today.

Pick up your copy of “As Long as the Rivers Flow” at your local bookseller.