Whatever happened to Jordan's principle?

Lett, Dan
June 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;6/3/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 12, p1534
Academic Journal
The article reports that children living in a remote Manitoba First Nations reserve are going without medical and social services since the Canadian federal and provincial governments cannot decide who must shoulder the costs. It is averred that the sustained dispute stands in stark defiance of Jordan's principle, a resolution passed in Canada's House of Commons in 2007. The resolution specifies that governments should adopt a child first principle in settling jurisdictional disputes involving First Nations children. According to Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, the Jordan's principle is their hope to end these kinds of disputes.


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