What is Jordan’s Principle?

Jordan’s Principle is a child-first and needs-based principle that applies equally to all First Nations children resident on or off reserve. It ensures there is no denial or delay for First Nations children in receiving essential public services that are available to all other children by having the government department of first contact pay for the service. Reimbursement can be sought from another government or department after the child has received the service.

What does this mean?
• Ensures no gaps in government services to First Nations children.
• When a service is not available to all other children, the government is to ensure culturally appropriate services and/or to safeguard the best interests of the child.
• No need to engage in case conferring, policy review, service navigation or any other similar administrative procedure before services are provided.
• A dispute amongst government departments or between governments is not a necessary requirement.

Who should access Jordan’s Principle? 

On-reserve First Nations members who have a dependent who needs specialized health care not offered in their home community.

Services available on reserve

Jordan’s Principle Case Manager
If you are a First Nation on-reserve with a Jordan’s Principle case, the point of contact will be the local Jordan’s Principle Case Manager. Please contact your local Band office.

What is the role of the Jordan’s Principle Case Manager?
The Jordan’s Principle Case Manager works with families to identify and assess the on-reserve needs of the child(ren). They provide ongoing coordination of care by seeking services for the family in the First Nation. The Case Manager works local service providers to develop a holistic model of care for the child(ren) and family.

Off-reserve First Nation members who need assistance with Jordan’s Principle are encouraged to call Jordan’s Principle Service Coordination for more information. 

Services available off-reserve

Special Needs Advocates
EAGLE Urban Transition Centre: Special Needs Advocate Unit | 1-888-345-1883 | specialneedsadvocate@manitobachiefs.com

Advocates for children and adults with special needs, disabilities and/or mental health issues both on-reserve and off-reserve. Offers support to First Nation citizens by finding solutions (answers) to accessing services, make referrals, finding resources to ensure your needs are being met and protecting your rights. Will offer assistance and support in obtaining long term respite and on the interim will provide short term—off reserve respite.

Reports and Resolutions

Jordan’s Principle – Keewaywin Engagement Manitoba First Nations Jordan’s Principle Implementation – FINAL REPORT

January 24 & 25, 2006 – AMC General Chiefs Assembly – ACTION FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF JORDAN’S PRINCIPLE

January 18 & 19, 2011 – AMC General Chiefs Assembly – JORDAN’S PRINCIPLE TO RESOLVING JURISDICTIONAL DISPUTES IMPACTING FIRST NATIONS CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

June 19-21, 2012 – AMC Annual General Assembly, Certified Resolution – TARGET DATE FOR ENDING INEQUALITY FOR FIRST NATIONS CHILDREN AND YOUTH

March 4-6, 2014 – AMC Chiefs-in-Assembly, Certified Resolution – ASSEMBLY OF MANITOBA CHIEFS GRANTED LEAVE TO INTERVENE IN THE PICTOU LANDING CASE APPEARING BEFORE THE FEDERAL COURT OF APPEAL ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF JORDAN’S PRINCIPLE

September 20-22, 2016 – AMC Annual General Assembly, Certified Resolution – IMMEDIATE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL DECISION RE: FIRST NATIONS CFS AND JORDAN PRINCIPLE PROGRAM

SEPTEMBER 20-22, 2016 – AMC Annual General Assembly – FIRST NATIONS DIRECTIVES FOR JORDAN’S PRINCIPLE