Learn about Jordan's Principle, its recent changes and how it protects First Nations children.
About Jordan's Principle
Jordan's Principle is an initiative that addresses the needs of all First Nations children. This initiative helps ensure that:
- health or social services are not delayed, disrupted or prevented while they're being discussed or reviewed
- services are implemented in a timely manner
Services will be provided despite jurisdictional service gaps or disputes over payment of needed services between:
- federal departments
- provincial and territorial governments and federal departments
For more information, or if you believe you have encountered a potential Jordan's Principle case and have not been able to resolve it at the community level, contact your:
You can also:
- call 1-800-567-9604
- email us at InfoPubs@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca
Canadians want children to have the best chance in life. We're committed to ensuring that First Nations children get access to the health and social services they need.
In 2016, Canada adopted measures to help ensure that the needs of First Nations children are put first. These measures include:
- putting into effect the full meaning and scope of Jordan's Principle
- initiating jurisdictional discussions with the provinces and territories on Jordan's Principle
- engaging focal points in regional offices to work with provinces, territories and other federal departments
- this will help us to find solutions to proactively address identified unmet needs of First Nations children
In addition, we expanded the application of Jordan's Principle to apply to all First Nations children.
We have also removed the eligibility requirement that a First Nations child on reserve must have multiple disabilities that need various service providers.
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.
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