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Jordan’s Principle: putting First Nations children first

UFCW Canada has joined a growing number of concerned and frustrated Canadians in calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to immediately implement Jordan’s Principle – a measure that would require the federal government to adopt a child-first principle to resolving jurisdictional disputes involving the care of First Nations children.The principle honours Jordan, a young First Nations child born with complex medical needs. The services he required were not available in his home reserve, so a decision was made to place him in foster care far from his home. Despite being medically fit to go to this foster home, Jordan never made it there. He died in hospital while two government parties argued over who would pay the bill for things as trivial as a showerhead.

“First Nations children are often denied services available to all other children because of payment and jurisdictional disputes within and between the federal and provincial or territorial governments,” writes UFCW Canada National President Wayne Hanley in an open letter recently sent to the Prime Minister.

“The urgent need for Jordan’s Principle is unfolding in Jordan’s home community of Norway House Cree Nation, Manitoba, where 37 profoundly disabled children are currently at risk of losing physician-recommended services such as occupational and speech therapy. Although provincial and federal governments should be covering the costs, they are arguing over jurisdiction,” adds Brother Hanley. “We urge you Prime Minister to implement Jordan’s Principle without delay, so that no other First Nations child suffers as Jordan did.”

UFCW Canada is calling on all activists to join the campaign to put First Nations children first by immediately implementing Jordan’s Principle. To help make a difference, send a letter to Stephen Harper outlining your concerns about this very important issue.