Bear Witness Day Keeps Spotlight on Jordan’s Principle and First Nations Children – FNHA

On May 10, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society will mark the birthday of “Spirit Bear” with Bear Witness Day for Jordan’s Principle, named after Jordan River Anderson, who died in 2005 at the age of five.

Jordan was a First Nations child from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba born with complex medical needs. Despite being medically cleared to go home, he spent more than two unnecessary years in hospital while the province of Manitoba and the federal government argued over who was legally and financially responsible for his medical care.

Had Jordan not been a First Nations child, there would never have been an argument in the first place. Jordan’s death led to widespread calls for a child-first principle to ensure First Nations children could access the medical services they need without denial, delay or disruption.

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