Current Problems: Child Welfare (1-5)

Exploring Theme: "Jordan's Principle"

Updates on this page: 7

January 4, 2024

Ottawa is supposed to process First Nations families’ child services requests within days. Sometimes it makes them wait a year

First Nations families are waiting for as long as a year to have their applications for child and family services assessed by the federal government — even though Ottawa has been ordered to process them within 12 to 48 hours. Toronto Star: First Nations families are waiting for as long as a year to have...

June 28, 2023

Backlog at federal Indigenous children’s program leaves families to shoulder heavy bills

Families, service providers take drastic measures to stay afloat under Jordan’s Principle CBC News: First Nations families and service providers are covering hundreds of thousands of dollars in health-related bills while they wait for an overwhelmed federal program to reimburse them, CBC News has learned. Indigenous Services Canada says it is facing unprecedented demand under the...

January 1, 2023

Denial rates of services and supports for First Nations children varied drastically by region during the pandemic

The Globe and Mail: Marsha McLeod In 2007, just before the House of Commons rose for its Christmas break, parliamentarians voted unanimously to adopt a principle meant to put the needs of First Nations children ahead of bureaucratic government conveniences. Jean Crowder, the then-MP who brought forward the motion to adopt Jordan’s Principle, warned her parliamentary colleagues...

January 24, 2022

First Nations Excluded from Ontario COVID program

Toronto Star – First Nations children in Ontario are excluded from the provincial governments commitments “that all schools in Ontario will have access to rapid COVID tests and N95 masks for teachers, as well as upgraded masks for students and HEPA filters in each classroom.” Excuses from provincial leaders hold that this is the responsibility...

November 5, 2020

Jordan’s Principle Expenses

Oakville Beaver – This past June, Jordan’s Principle abruptly cut funding for his daughter’s treatment, saying it was “too expensive,” said the girl’s father, Stephen Paquette, Indigenous Knowledge Guide for the Halton District School Board. Despite repeated requests, Indigenous Services Canada has so far refused to provide any budgetary guidance so he can find less...

September 16, 2020

Manitoba Judicial Review

Manitoba Government – is seeking a judicial review of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission decision to award damages to a First Nations family. “All Manitobans deserve to know what services they can access when they need them, and we believe this ruling confuses rather than clarifies which level of government is responsible for providing health...

August 19, 2020

Manitoba Judicial Review

CBC – A Manitoba Human Rights Commission decision found a First Nations family was discriminated against “on the basis of their ancestry as Anishinaabe people and the disability of Dewey a teen who wasn’t able to access consistent health care on reserve because of jurisdictional disputes and systemic discrimination…The province maintaining the federal government is...

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