Call to Action # 3

We call upon all levels of government to fully implement Jordan’s Principle.

Why “IN PROGRESS”?

April 7, 2022 – Budget 2022 invests $4B to support long-term reforms to improve implementation of Jordan’s Principle

Jan. 4, 2022: After fighting the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal since 2006, the federal government on Dec. 31, 2021 signed two Agreements-in-Principle on December 31, 2021 for a total settlement package valued at $40 billion that resolves the CHRT Tribunal as well as two class action lawsuits.

  • First Agreements-in-Principle proposes a total settlement of $20 billion in compensation to First Nations children and families impacted by discrimination through the FNCFS program and the improper implementation of Jordan’s Principle. The compensation acknowledges that First Nations children were unnecessarily apprehended from their parents and communities and suffered harms that include abuse, the loss of language, loss of culture and loss of connection to their families and homelands. Compensation will also be made available to certain individuals who were subjected to a delay, denial or disruption of services, supports, treatment and products as a result of the federal government’s narrow application of Jordan’s Principle.
  • The second Agreement-in-Principle commits the Government of Canada to $19.807 billion to reform the current FNCFS program and includes a framework to correct the many discriminatory aspects of the FNCFS program and the implementation of Jordan’s Principle.

The parties to the Agreement-in-Principle – Canada, the Assembly of First Nations, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, the Chiefs of Ontario, the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, and counsel for the Moushoom and Trout class actions – will now negotiate a Final Settlement Agreement.


Sept. 16, 2020: The Manitoba government is seeking to clarify the legal obligations of the federal and provincial governments around Jordan’s Principle through a judicial review of a Manitoba Human Rights Commission decision to award damages to a First Nations family for systemic racism and denial of access to health care.

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July 5, 2022

In Progress

Previous Status

May 14, 2022

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Official Federal Government Response: Sept. 5, 2019

Since 2016, the Government has made available $679.9 million to Jordan’s Principle to help with health, social and education services that are needed right away.

Between July 2016 and December 31, 2019, more than 508,000 products, services and supports were approved under Jordan’s Principle. These include mental health supports, medical equipment, speech therapy, educational supports and more.

Indigenous Service Canada (ISC) is fully committed to implementing Jordan’s Principle and complying with the orders of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. ISC continues to monitor and track compliance with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal orders and is working with partners to improve processes to review and assess Jordan’s Principle requests and to implement a coordinated care system.

ISC will continue to reach out to First Nations families, health providers and provincial or territorial partners to raise awareness of Jordan’s Principle through a proactive communications and marketing approach.

On September 18, 2018, the Government of Canada, in partnership with the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, announced that an Inuit-specific Child First Initiative and framework is under development and that interim measures are available for Inuit families to submit requests to ISC on behalf of Inuit children requiring access to the health, social and education products, services and supports they need.

To ensure that First Nations children continue to have access to the services that they need, Budget 2019 announced $1.2 billion over 3 years, beginning in fiscal year 2019 to 2020. During that time, the Government of Canada and First Nations will continue to work together to develop a long-term approach to improving services for First Nations children, based on Jordan’s Principle.

In addition, to address the immediate needs of Inuit children, Budget 2019 announced to invest $220 million over 5 years, beginning in fiscal year 2019 to 2020, to provide services to Inuit children as work continues with Inuit and other government partners to improve local capacity to deliver services.

The Government of Canada will continue to collaborate with First Nations, Inuit and Métis, as well as other partners, to advance the reforms to child and family services that are needed and develop Indigenous-led solutions that put the well-being of children first. For example: $1 million in funding was provided to the Métis National Council to support their work on engagement and consultation to advance culturally appropriate reform.

The government is also engaged in over 80 Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussions tables through which Canada and Indigenous groups explore new ideas and ways to reach agreements that will recognize the rights of Indigenous groups and advance their vision of self-determination for the benefit of their communities and all Canadians. In many of the existing discussions Indigenous groups have identified child and family services as an important subject for discussion.