Ensuring First Nations Children's Access to Equitable Services: Supporting Jordan's Principle

Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) Supports Jordan’s Principle

 “Jordan’s Principle” is a child first principle intended to ensure that First Nations children do not experience denials, delays, or disruptions of services ordinarily available to other children due to jurisdictional disputes. On December 12, 2007, the House of Commons unanimously supported a Private Member's motion (M-296) stating that "the government should immediately adopt a child first principle, based on Jordan's Principle, to resolve jurisdictional disputes involving the care of First Nations children."

Jordan’s Principle is an essential mechanism for ensuring human, constitutional and treaty rights of all First Nations children. The principle has been formally supported by thousands of First Nations, provincial/territorial, national, and international stakeholders and observers. CAPHC is among the many organizations that endorsed and supported the 2007 motion.

On February 10, 2015, a report entitled “Without denial, delay or disruption: Ensuring First Nations children’s access to equitable services through Jordan’s Principle, was released by the Jordan’s Principle Working Group (2015). This report highlights the ongoing inequities faced by First Nations children in Canada who need health and social services.

CAPHC endorses and strongly supports Jordan’s Principle and is prepared to work with interested parties and Government to seek solutions for the equitable treatment of First Nations children outlined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian Human Rights Act, and other federal/ provincial/territorial/First Nations legislation and agreements.

 

Elaine Orrbine
President & CEO, CAPHC

 

Ann WatkinsComment