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Jordan's Principle and MMIWG2TS Sector
Understanding Jordan’s Principle
Jordan’s Principle is a legal rule from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) and is not a policy or program. Jordan’s Principle is a child-first principle that focuses on preventing service inequities and delays for First Nations children.
Jordan’s Principle ensures that any public service that is usually available to all other children must be made available to First Nations children without delay or denial.
Note: Every Jordan’s Principle application is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Who is Eligible
- All First Nations children, on or off-reserve.
- Is not limited to children with disabilities.
- Non-status children are eligible as long as one parent is status.
Jordan’s Principle Honours the memory of Jordan River Anderson, who was a young boy from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. His challenges with medical care and the disputing between governments over his care prompted the creation of Jordan’s Principle so that other First Nations children do not face similar challenges.
“Jordan could not talk, yet people around the world heard his message. Jordan could not breathe on his own and yet he has given the breath of life to other children. Jordan could not walk but he has taken steps that governments are now just learning to follow.”
Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child & Family Caring Society
Some Examples of Products & Services Funded by Jordan’s Principles
- School supplies
- 1 on 1 educational support
- Communication devices
- Respite care
- Housing security
- After school programming
- Personal support worker
- Food security
- Mental health services
- Medical transportation
- Medical equipment
- Therapies (physio, speech, audiology)
- Language supports
- Land based programming
- Regalia items
- Access to traditional foods
- Connection to community
- Elder Support
MMIWGT2S (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans and Two Spirit)
The objective of our project is to seek collaboration with Indigenous agencies, groups and organizations in Southern Ontario, to identify needs and help facilitate access to cultural and mental health support (Elders, Healers, ceremonies) as well as clinical services.
“We do not want the media to speak about our family members. They always focus on facts and details about the bodies… We should be the ones creating the messages and language.”
The Red Dress and Red Pant
The red dresses and red pants are to help honour, remember, and bring awareness to the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans, and Two Spirits. The red pants reflect and include community members who are Two Spirit LGBTQIA.
SOUTHERN ONTARIO MMIWGT2S Boundary areas
Central Ontario: Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
Eastern Ontario: Ottawa and Peterborough areas
Northern Region: Barrie, Orillia, and Georgian Bay areas
South: Hamilton, Six Nations, Fort Erie and Niagara areas
Southwest One: Kitchener, London
Southwest Two: Chatham, Windsor, Owen Sound
Did you know?
- Indigenous women and girls are 12 times more likely to be missing or murdered than other women or girls in Canada.
- 90% of incarcerated Indigenous women have experienced domestic physical abuse.
- The majority of the women and children sex trafficked in Canada are Indigenous persons.
- Indigenous women and girls now make up 24% of female homicide victims.
- Indigenous women and girls and 2SLGBTQQIA persons are dehumanized – this denied humanity is both normalized and tolerated.
Funded by Indigenous Services Canada