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What is Jordan’s Principle?

The Jordan’s Principle workers are responsible to coordinate services for children and families within the seven First Nation communities who require services in accordance with the Jordan’s Principle directives funded by Department of Indigenous Services Canada. The Jordan’s Principle workers will work collaboratively with the First Nations and external services to ensure First Nation children are funded for appropriate services in a way that is reflective of their distinct cultural needs and that meets the children’s complex needs.

Our team can assist children and their families/caregivers to navigate the administrative process and apply for a variety of products and services including but not limited to sports registration fees, sports equipment, music lessons, daycare fees, transportation costs, summer camps, autism services, furniture, furnaces, vehicles, assessments, school supplies, assisted devices, new clothes, and family court legal fees. We have also assisted one community school with a group application for a new bus.

What does Jordan’s Principle cover?

  • Mobility Aids

  • Addiction Services

  • Access to Elders

  • Mental Health Services

  • Assessments & Screenings

  • Therapeutic Services

  • Personal Support Workers

  • Land Based Activities

  • Specialized Summer Camps

  • Respite Care

  • School Supplies

  • Tutoring

  • Psycho-educational Assessments

Who is eligible?

Any First Nations child (birth to 18 years), who is registered or eligible for registration under the Indian Act, living on or off reserve is eligible.  There has been no final determination or finding by the CHRT as to whether or not children who identify as First Nations but are not eligible to be registered under the Indian Act, can receive funding under Jordan’s Principle.  This matter remains before the CHRT.

First Nations Child and Family Services programs are also eligible to apply for funding. The funding was extended to these programs to ensure that these agencies are able to provide equitable services to children. These programs are also able to apply for reimbursement of costs retroactively to January 26, 2016.

How Do I Apply?

Niijaansinaanik Child and Family Services has two Jordan’s Principle Coordinators who are available to assist clients and families with the application process. The Jordan’s Principle Coordinators will assess the identified child’s or children’s needs and submit an application on their behalf.