Jordan's Principle

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Jordan's Principle makes sure all First Nations children living in Canada can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. Funding can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs.

Jordan's Principle is named in memory of Jordan River Anderson. He was a young boy from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba.

Requests for Inuit children can be made through the Inuit Child First Initiative.

Helping First Nations children

Description: Helping First Nations children

Between July 2016 and June 30, 2019, more than 260,000 requests were approved under Jordan's Principle. These included:

  • speech therapy
  • educational supports
  • medical equipment
  • mental health services
  • and more

A legal rule

In 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) determined the Government of Canada's approach to services for First Nations children was discriminatory. One way we are addressing this is through a renewed approach to Jordan's Principle.

Since the ruling, the CHRT has issued a number of follow-up orders about Jordan's Principle. In May 2017, the CHRT ordered that the needs of each individual child must be considered, to ensure the following is taken into account under Jordan's Principle:

  • substantive equality
  • providing culturally appropriate services
  • safeguarding the best interests of the child

This means giving extra help when it is needed so First Nations children have an equal chance to thrive.

What we are doing

We are supporting children who need help right away and are making long-term changes for the future, such as through reforming child and family services.

For the long-term, we are working to build better structures and funding models. These will make sure First Nations children living in Canada get the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. To do this, we are working closely with:

  • provinces
  • territories
  • First Nations partners
  • service organizations

Since 2016, the Government has made available $679.9 million to Jordan's Principle to help with health, social and education services that are needed right away.

Local service coordinators have been hired in communities across Canada. They can help families who:

  • have questions about Jordan's Principle
  • would like to submit a request for products, services or supports under Jordan's Principle

We fund these coordinators, who are staffed by:

  • local tribal councils
  • First Nations communities
  • regional health authorities
  • First Nations non-governmental organizations, etc.

We also have staff across the country dedicated full-time to Jordan's Principle. They work closely with the local coordinators to make sure all requests are processed as quickly as possible.

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