Jordan's Principle - Timeline and Documents

2018

2016

  • December 16, 2016
  • November 14, 2016
  • November 1, 2016

    NDP motion to force the government to comply with the Tribunal ruling and end discrimination against First Nations children passes unanimously in the House of Commons.

  • October 31, 2016

    Information Sheet: Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Decisions on First Nations Child Welfare and Jordan’s Principle

  • October 27, 2016: MP Charlie Angus (NDP) introduces a motion in the House of Commons to force the government to comply with the Tribunal ruling

    The motion passes unanimously on November 1, 2016. Click below for full text of the motion and debate.

  • October 26, 2016: Manitoba legislature passes motion calling on Canada to comply with the CHRT decisions and implement Jordan's Principle

    Click below for full text of the motion and debate.

  • September 15, 2016: Canadian Human Rights Tribunal releases second compliance order to INAC

    In a decision released September 15, 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) found that the Canadian Government (INAC) has not demonstrated compliance with the Tribunal’s January 26, 2016 order finding Canada racially discriminates against over 163,000 First Nations children by providing flawed and inequitable child welfare services and failing to properly implement Jordan’s Principle. As part of the ruling, the CHRT ordered Canada to take immediate action to ensure its program budget responds to the unique needs of First Nations children and families and to apply Jordan’s Principle to all First Nations children on and off reserve. Read the ruling here.

  • September 7, 2016: Caring Society motions for interested party status in Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation v Canada

    The Caring Society seeks interested party status in Mississaugas of the New Credit v Canada. The First Nation brought the complaint against the federal government for its alleged inadequate funding of special education for children who live on reserve. For background on the case, read this article on CBC News

  • July 29, 2016: Questions and Answers about Jordan's Principle

    Read this Q&A to learn more about Jordan's Principle, the status of implementation and find contacts if you have a Jordan's Principle case. Keep an eye on the INAC website for updated contact information. 

  • July 14, 2016: AFN resolution calls for full and proper implementation of Jordan's Principle and CHRT ruling

    Assembly of First Nations resolves to support the full and proper implementation of the historic Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decisions in the provision of child welfare services and Jordan’s Principle.

    See resolution no. 62 in the final resolutions of AFN 2016 Annual General Assembly.

  • July 6, 2016: Federal government submits another compliance report to the Tribunal

    The government submits another compliance report to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. In the submission, the government commits to invest up to $382 million to implement a broader application of Jordan's Principle, yet it continues to limit the principle's application to children living on reserve with a disability or short-term condition. Clarification is needed to understand: 1) what the funding announcement really means for children on the ground, 2) who the federal government is applying it to, and 3) how its proposed approach differs from the discriminatory approach it has used up until now. Read the report.

  • June 7, 2016: Canadian Paediatric Society report looks at progress on Jordan's Principle

    The Canadian Paediatric Society looks at Jordan's Principle in its 2016 report Are We Doing Enough?

  • May 6, 2016: Tribunal orders full implementation of Jordan's Principle

    In its April 26, 2016 ruling, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered the federal government to fully implement Jordan's Principle by May 10, 2016. Read the information sheet below.

  • April 26, 2016

    The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal releases its immediate relief remedies, including the full implementation of Jordan's Principle.

  • February 23, 2016: Indigenous and human rights groups issue public statement leading up to UNCESCR meeting

    In a public statement, Indigenous peoples’ organizations and human rights groups call on the federal government to acknowledge the serious concerns of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples in Canada and to make clear commitments to action when its record is reviewed before the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (UNCESCR) on February 22 and 23, 2016 in Geneva.

  • February 22, 2016: Federal government confirms it will not appeal CHRT ruling

    As reported on CBC News, the federal government will not appeal the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling which found it discriminated against First Nations children by inequitably funding for child welfare services on reserves. 

  • February 19, 2016: Caring Society submissions for immediate relief remedies

    The Caring Society submits its recommendations to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for immediate relief remedies. 

  • January 26, 2016: Kids win! CHRT rules Canadian government is racially discriminating against First Nations children

    Kids win! In a landmark ruling, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal finds the Canadian government is racially discriminating against 163,000 First Nations children. Read the ruling, information sheets that describe the case and its implications, and the press release on the fnwitness site

2015

2014

2013

  • November 22, 2013

    Caring Society Motion for Intervenor Status in Pictou Landing case

  • October 18, 2013

    Pictou Landing First Nation and Maurina Beadle Factum for Federal Court of Appeal

  • August 19, 2013

     Canada's Memorandum of Fact and Law for Federal Court of Appeal

  • May 6, 2013

    Canada appeals the Federal Court decision enforcing Jordan's Principle.

  • April 4, 2013

    Federal Court rules in favour of Maurina Beadle and the Pictou Landing First Nation in Jordan’s Principle case

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

  • September 2008

    Manitoba adopts a very narrow interpretation of Jordan’s Principle that in the view of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada fails to address the impacts of jurisdictional disputes on First Nations children in Manitoba across all government services. Read more here

  • May 2008

    Auditor General of Canada releases her report confirming that Canada’s funding arrangements for First Nations child and family services are inequitable. The report points to the lack of social and the health services available on-reserve, and called on INAC and Health Canada to resolve jurisdictional disputes regarding funding responsibilities for services to First Nations children

  • January 24, 2008

    Premier Gordon Campbell of the Province of British Columbia endorses Jordan’s Principle across all government services. Read more here

  • 2008

    Federal officials begin trying to narrow Jordan’s Principle from applying to all federal government services to apply only to children with complex medical needs and multiple service providers, even though there is no language authorizing a narrowing of Jordan’s Principle in Motion 296

2007

2005

  • 2005

    The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society releases the Wen: De reports. Drawing on a team of over 20 researchers, the reports provide a holistic and detailed review of the federal government’s First Nations child and family services policy and set out recommendations for improvement. Among the policy recommendations is Jordan’s Principle, a child first principle to resolving jurisdictional disputes impeding First Nations children from accessing government services

    Read the Wen:de Reports: