Jordan’s Principle

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Named in memory of Jordan River Anderson from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba, Jordan’s Principle ensures that all First Nations children can access the products, services, and support they need, when they need them.

Jordan’s Principle recognized that First Nation children may need government services that exceed the normative standard of care and will evaluate the individual needs of the child to ensure substantive equality, culturally appropriate services, and/or to safeguard the best interests of the child.

Under Jordan’s Principle, First Nations youth and children aged 19 and under can access products, services, and supports they need, when they need them. There are some exceptions for youth over 19, so please check with our representative.

Click below for examples of supports covered under Jordan’s Priniciple:

  • mobility aids
  • wheelchair ramps
  • addiction services
  • services from Elders
  • mental health services
  • specialized hearing aids
  • traditional healing services
  • services for children in care
  • assessment 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)
  • social worker
  • land-based activities
  • personal support worker
  • specialized summer camps
  • respite care (individual or group)
  • specialized programs based on cultural beliefs and practices
  • school supplies
  • tutoring services
  • teaching assistants
  • specialized school transportation
  • psycho-educational assessments
  • assistive technologies and electronics

Who is covered?

Services provided under Jordan’s Principle are available to:

  • Registered First Nations children living on or off-reserve.
    • For the purposes of Jordan’s Principle, a “child” is defined as an individual who is under the Age of Majority within their province or territory. In BC, the age of majority is 19. As such, eligibility for Jordan’s Principle ceases when Age of Majority is attained. (Date of the child’s 19th birthday).
  • First Nations children entitled to be registered under the Indian Act including:
    • Children who became entitled to register under the December 22, 22017 amended provisions of the Indian Act, under Bill S-3
    • Infants under 18 months; and
  • Any Indigenous child, including Non-Status First Nation or Métis, who are ordinarily resident on reserve.

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