To find out who's covered under Jordan's Principle, visit Step 2. Who is covered
- Indigenous Services Canada is seeking professionals from health, social and educational fields to review appeals and issue recommendations as part of the new Jordan's Principle Appeals Committee. To submit a bid, you need to be an Aboriginal business. To register as an Aboriginal business, please visit Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business. Requests for applications to the appeals committee will close on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 2 pm, Eastern standard time. To find out more, visit:
- Nutritionist or dietician
- Occupational therapist
- Registered nurse
- Social worker
- Special education teacher or Orthopedagogist
- Speech and language pathologist
- On September 6, 2019, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal issued a ruling related to compensation. While the government is reviewing this decision, Jordan's Principle front line workers are not able to provide any more information about the ruling at this time.
For more information:
The Government of Canada's assessment of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal's ruling on compensation
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
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:
- 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.
- Honouring Jordan River Anderson
- CHRT definition of Jordan's Principle
- Video: Jordan's Principle: Making sure First Nations children can get the services they need
- Video: Jordan's Principle Youth Public Service Announcements (developed and made available by the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada)
- Jordan's Principle Handbook (developed and made available by the Assembly of First Nations)
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