In a landmark ruling released in January 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal found the Canadian government was racially discriminating against 163,000 First Nations children living on reserve. Among the remedies is the full implementation of Jordan's Principle.
Jordan’s Principle is a child first principle named in memory of Jordan River Anderson. Jordan was a First Nations child from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. Born with complex medical needs, Jordan spent more than two years unnecessarily in hospital while the Province of Manitoba and the federal government argued over who should pay for his at home care. Jordan died in hospital at the age of five years old, never having spent a day in a family home.
Payment disputes within and between federal and provincial governments over services for First Nations children are not uncommon. First Nations children are frequently left waiting for services they desperately need, or are denied services that are available to other children. This includes services in education, health, childcare, recreation, and culture and language. Jordan's Principle calls on the government of first contact to pay for the services and seek reimbursement later so the child does not get tragically caught in the middle of government red tape.
Jordan's Principle was unanimously passed in the House of Commons in 2007 but sadly the Canadian Paediatric Society reports that neither the federal government nor provinces or territories have fully implemented Jordan's Principle.
Jordan's Principle in the Media
- Trudeau government put on short leash by human rights tribunal (Canadian Press, 27 April 2016)
- Tribunal orders feds to ensure services for First Nations kids (Canadian Press, 26 April 2016)
- Human Rights Tribunal orders Canada to speed up changes to ‘discriminatory’ FN child welfare program (APTN, 26 April 2016)
- "We need Jordan's Practice" - Dr. Michael Kirlew speaks to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development on concrete suggestions to help First Nations kids (CBC video)
- "A sick inequality" -THIS Magazine's March/April 2016 cover story looks at Jordan's Principle
- Kids win! Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Ruling
- First steps to remedy inequities
- Jordan's Principle - How your organization can help
- Jordan's Principle - Background and key resources
- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Findings
- Landmark Report on Jordan's Principle - Without denial, delay or disruption (AFN)
- Jordan's Principle: The 8 Steps to Get There (AFN)
- School Resource: Jordan's Principle: A Brief History
- Federal Government drops its appeal of the Beadle/Pictou Landing case!
- Summary of the decision of the Federal Court in Pictou Landing / Beadle on Jordan's Principle
- See what the Government's own documents say... Visit the Other Resources tab in the Jordan's Principle Gallery