Jordan River Anderson was a First Nations child born with a rare neuromuscular disorder who required hospitalization from birth. The provincial and federal governments could not agree on who was financially responsible for Jordan's care in a medical foster home. Both governments were attempting to find a resolution; however, Jordan's condition deteriorated and he passed away in hospital before a resolution was reached.
On December 12, 2007, the House of Commons unanimously supported a Private Member's motion (M-296) stating that "the government should immediately adopt a child first principle, based on Jordan's Principle, to resolve jurisdictional disputes involving the care of First Nations children."
The federal response to Jordan's Principle is being implemented within the context of existing health and social programs. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and Health Canada have developed a response that focuses on:
This approach to Jordan's Principle aims to ensure that, in the event of a federal/provincial jurisdictional dispute, a First Nations child living on reserve with multiple disabilities continues to receive services comparable to those that would be received by a child living off-reserve with similar needs in a similar geographic location.
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and Health Canada are working with provinces and First Nations to implement Jordan's Principle. Federal and provincial contacts and processes are in place in each province to deal with any cases that are brought forward. To date, all cases brought forward have been addressed through existing mechanisms with none progressing to a declared jurisdictional dispute.
If you believe you have encountered a potential Jordan’s Principle case and have not been able to resolve it at the community level, please contact your Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Regional Office or Health Canada Regional Office .