Southern Stl’atl’imx Health Society

Jordan’s Principle

Ensuring the health and wellness needs of First Nations children come first
Getting services for First Nations children can be difficult, with different levels of government funding different programs. Jordan’s Principle puts the needs of the child first. The philosophy is simple, supply the service, and then figure out who will pay for it.

Jordan’s Principle is named after Jordan River Anderson from Norway House Cree Nation. Jordan was a five-year-old boy with complex medical needs who lost his life in hospital, while the Province of Manitoba and the Federal government argued over who should pay for home care services.

SSHS’s Jordan’s Principle Coordinator helps members get the medical, social and educational services and supports their children, from newborn to 18 years old, need, when they need them.

SSHS’s Jordan’s Principle Program helps:

  • Remove barriers to accessing health and wellness supports and services for First Nations children
  • Put the interests of the child first
  • Provide culturally appropriate supports and services to children from birth to 18 years old
Jordan’s Principle Services and Supports

Jordan’s Principle services and supports for First Nations children include:

  • Mobility aids, wheelchair ramps
  • Addiction services
  • Dental services, including orthodontia
  • Services from Elders
  • Mental health services
  • Specialized hearing aids
  • Traditional healing services
  • Assessments and screenings
  • Transportation to appointments
  • Medical supplies and equipment
  • Long-term care for children with specialized needs
  • Speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy
  • School supplies
  • Tutoring services, teaching assistants
  • Specialized school transportation
  • Psycho-educational assessments
  • Assistive technologies and electronics
  • Social worker support
  • Land-based activities
  • Personal support worker
  • Specialized summer camps
  • Respite care (individual or group)
  • Specialized programs based on cultural beliefs and practices
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Jordan’s Principle


Amanda Munnings