About Jordan's Principle

Learn about Jordan's Principle and how it is helping to ensure all First Nations children have access to the same supports and services as other children, no matter where they live.

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As of February 23, 2017, a total of 3,305 requests for services and support have been approved for First Nations children.

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Jordan's Principle

Jordan's Principle is about helping to ensure all First Nations children have access to the same supports and services as other children, no matter where they live. To do this, we are:

Contact us

Anyone who is aware of a First Nation child who is not receiving the health and social services and supports he/she needs, is encouraged to contact us through:

Service Coordinators are currently being put in place across Canada. They will serve as a local contact and help children and families access the health and social services and supports they need.

Coverage for services and supports

One of the new policy activities we have put in place to support Jordan's Principle is the Child-First Initiative. This initiative aims to meet the needs of all First Nations children when there are gaps in existing programs and immediately provide health and social services and supports that are comparable to those available to other Canadian children.

As of February 23, 2017, a total of 3,305 requests for services and supports have been approved for First Nations children. These have been funded by our commitment of up to $382.5 million over three years for the Child-First Initiative.

So far, the Child-First Initiative has provided coverage for a variety of services and supports, including:

Background

Jordan River Anderson was a First Nation child born with a rare disorder who required hospitalization from birth. The provincial and federal governments could not agree on who was financially responsible for his care in a medical foster home.

Jordan's condition worsened and he passed away in hospital before both government levels could resolve who would pay for provided services.

On December 12, 2007, the House of Commons unanimously supported a Private Member's motion. The motion focused on adopting an approach that addresses First Nations children's needs first.

For more information

Telephone: 1-800-567-9604
Email: InfoPubs@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca
Teletypewriter: 1-866-553-0554

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