In Memory of Jordan River Anderson was a young boy from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba who was born in 1999 with multiple disabilities. He lived over two years in a hospital because federal and provincial governments could not agree on who would pay for his at-home care. The reason for this is that federal and provincial/territorial governments cannot agree on which government should pay for services to First Nations children on reserves so they typically do not provide the service until they can sort out the payment issue. Unfortunately, Jordan died at the age of 5 before he could experience living in a loving home.
On December 12,2007, The House of Commons supported a motion that affirms Jordan’s Principle, in named memory of Jordan River Anderson. A Federal court ruling in 2013, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision in 2016 means that Jordan’s Principle is now legal law in Canada.
Jordan’s Principle is a legal requirement resulting from Orders of the Canadians Human Rights (CHRT). -it is not a program or policy. There is no end date to Jordan’s Principle. While programs and initiatives to support Jordan’s Principle may only exist for short periods of time, please be assured Jordan’s Principle will always be there.
Funding can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs, including the unique needs that First Nation Two-spirit and LGBTTTQQIA children and youth, and those with disability.
What is Funded?
services from Elders
mental health services
specialized hearing aids
traditional healing services
services for children in care
assessments and screenings
transportation to appointments
medical supplies and equipment
long-term care for children with specialized needs
therapeutic services for individuals or groups (speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy)
personal support worker
specialized summer camps
respite care (individual or group)
specialized programs based on cultural beliefs and practices
specialized school transportation
assistive technologies and electronics
Jordan’s Principle responds to the unmet needs of First Nations children no matter where they live in Canada. All First Nations Children ages 0-18 years old with an identified need for a public funded service or support, must have permanently reside in Canada and if the child meets one of the following criteria.
Who is eligible?
Is registered or eligible to be registered under Indian Act.
Has one parent or guardian who is registered under the Indian Act;
Is recognized by their nation for the purposes of Jordan Principle; or