Jordan's Principle FAQs

What is Jordan’s Principle?

Jordan’s Principle is meant to prevent First Nations children from being denied essential services or experiencing delays in receiving them. The focus of Jordan’s Principle is to help Frist nations children’s families navigate a complex health, social and educational system with often highly complex divisions of jurisdictional roles and responsibilities. Jordan’s Principle:

  • Applies to all first nations children
  • Applies to all government services to ensure there are no gaps in government services to First Nations Children

Who is eligible?

All first nations children from 0-18 years who are registered, or eligible to be registered, regardless of their social status are eligible to apply for products, supports, or services under Jordan’s principle.

Is there a difference in supports if a child lives on or off-reserve?

Under Jordan’s principle, a first nations child is eligible for the same services if they live on or off reserve. A child should see no difference in accessing publicly funded services and supports regardless of where they live.

What services and supports are eligible?

If a first nations child needs a publicly funded health or social service, or support, that other Canadian children receive and cannot access it through existing programs in the community then it could be considered under Jordan principle child first initiative. Some types of services that have been approved are: respite, standing frames, minor home modifications, educational supports.

Who do families contact to get access to services and supports?

Families can call the focal points at indigenous services Canada, or one of the service coordinators in Saskatchewan. For a list of complete services coordinators, please see the attached document

Who can apply for services under the Jordan’s principle initiative?

Anyone can apply for services under Jordan’s principle, with parental of guardian’s permission. A school can apply for supports, a service coordinator can apply on behalf of a family or a health professional – as long as the parent or guardian is giving their consent.

How quickly are applications and/or requests processed under Jordan’s principle?

To avoid delays and potential disruptions in services, requests are processed within 12 hours of urgent cases, and 48 hours for non-urgent changes

Group requests are responded to within 12 hours of urgent cases, and 5 business days for non-urgent cases.

Every effort is made to process requests as soon as they are received.

What if a first nations child does not have their status number yet?

As long as the child in eligible to be registered, they can access Jordan’s principle.

Can families appeal decisions under Jordan’s principle?

Yes, there is an appeal process which families can access.

Randine Akapew                             Wendy Remarchuk                         Sandra Ahenakew

(306) 501-2342                                   (306) 501-4184                                   ISC Regaional Op. (306)501-2698

Copied from the Government of Canada

Provided for the Saskatchewan Jordan’s Principle Info Sessions 2018


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