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Jordan’s Principle responds to the unmet needs of First nations children no matter where they live in Canada.

On November 25, 2020, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) released a ruling about Jordan’s Principle eligibility.


Services provided under Jordan’s Principle are available to:

A child under the age of majority in their province or territory of residence can access Jordan’s Principle, if they permanently reside in Canada and if the child meets one of the following criteria:

• is registered or eligible to be registered under the Indian Act

• has one parent or guardian who is registered or eligible to be registered under the Indian Act

• is recognized by their Nation for the purposes of Jordan’s Principle

• is ordinarily resident on reserve


The eligibility above replaces the CHRT interim motion ruling of February 2019.

The Age of majority is defined as the age at which a person is granted the rights and responsibilities of an adult in accordance with provincial legislation.
In the Province of Alberta, a child is of the AGE of Majority on their 18th birthday.

Each Application is individual to the child’s unique needs and may take more or less time depending on the circumstances.

After the application is completed with a Regional Service Coordinator with FNHC, the request is sent to a Focal Point at Indigenous Services Canada for decision. Depending on the nature of the request, decisions can be made within the Region (Edmonton) or sent to National (Ottawa). The 48 hour timeline begins when the information needed to make a decision is presented.

Once a family’s request has been approved, FNHC has sought to shorten payment processes by facilitating payments on behalf of the federal government. FNHC has 15-20 business days to administer payment.

A request for a child or children in the same family or with the same guardian can be submitted by:

- Parents or Guardians caring for a dependent First Nations child under the age of majority in the child’s province/territory of residence

- A First Nations child above 16 years of age

- An authorized representative of the child, parent or guardian (written or verbal consent must be provided by the parent or guardian)

- A community or service provider can make a request on behalf of a group of children from multiple families or guardians.

When we speak of Normative Standards we ask, “Is this product or service normally available in Alberta through Publicly Funded Programs”? Sometimes products, services and supports are not covered or partially covered (ie NIHB or extended Health Benefits). An example of a Gap in Service: Respite if FSCD supports are unavailable in remote locations.

Jordan’s Principle is focused achieving substantive equality, which is not the same as equal treatment. Achieving substantive equality for members of a specific group requires the implementation of measures that consider and are tailored to respond to the unique causes of their historical disadvantage as well as their historical, geographical and cultural needs and circumstances. Substantive Equality is the recognition that not all people start off from the same position and that these unequal opportunities make it harder for some to be successful. Treating everyone the same is only fair I they are starting from the same position.

Service needs are to be first assessed against normative standards. In assessing whether a service should be provided, there are 9 questions regarding Substantive Equality.

*Note: Not all 9 questions may be applicable to your child’s need

While both processes ensure First Nations Children have access to the services they need, FNHC aims to:
  • Provide a friendly voice of one of our caring, compassionate Access Workers to start an Intake immediately
  • Use Enhanced Service Coordination to ask the appropriate questions and provide resources and information surrounding the need
  • Take the stress out of navigating through complicated services or providers
  • Walk beside the family, as an Advocate and voice for the child
  • Reduce wait times in processing payment to appropriate vendors and service providers
  • Follow up during and after the need, keeping in mind the family unit as a whole
Our Children... Our Passion

The First Nations Health Consortium will provide:
Jordan’s Principle – Enhanced Service Coordination; the link between the child and the needed programs, services, supplies, supports and equipment.