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UNYA: Jordan’s Principle Service Coordinator

Where did Jordan's Principle come from?

Jordan River Anderson (October 22, 1999-February 2, 2005) is a First Nations child from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba.
He was born with complex medical needs and because the province of Manitoba and the federal government could not agree on who would pay for his at-home care, he had to stay longer in the hospital unnecessarily. Jordan passed at the age of 5, never having had the chance to return to his family home, his First Nation, and his loved ones.

Jordan's Principle is a child-first principle that aims to eliminate service inequities and delays for First Nations children. Jordan's principle states that any public service ordinarily available to all other children must be made available to First Nations children without delay or denial.

Examples of Services Covered:

- Mobility aids
- Wheelchair ramps
- Services from Elders
- Assessments and screenings
- Medical supplies and equipment
- Mental health services

- Social worker
- Land based activities
- Respite care (individual or group)
- Specialized programs based on cultural beliefs and practices
- Personal support worker

- School supplies
- Tutoring services
- Teaching assistants
- Psycho-educational assessments

Program Activities

  • As a service coordinator, Rebecca services the Vancouver Lower Mainland area. She is available to ensure children/youth have access to the services they need, when they need them.
  • Reduce stress of navigating service systems including Jordan's Principle applications
  • Link families to provincial and federal resources
  • Work collaboratively with service providers
  • Advocate for the children, and their families
  • Families are encouraged to contact Rebecca if they have any questions, or need assistance in submitting a Jordan's Principle application.

How To Get Involved

Who is eligible:

- First Nations children under the age of majority (18) and up until the day of their 19th birthday

- Have status or eligible for status

- Has a parent or guardian that has status or is eligible for status

- Has been recognized by their First Nations band for the purpose of Jordan's Principle funding