Jordan's Principle

Jordan’s Principle Service Coordination

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society is please to announce that we have a Jordan’s Principle Service Coordinator on site.

Jordan's Principle makes sure all First Nations children living in Canada can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. Funding can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs, including the unique needs that First Nations Two-Spirit and LGBTQQIA children and youth and those with disabilities may have.

Jordan's Principle is named in memory of Jordan River Anderson. He was a young boy from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. Jordan was born in 1999 with multiple disabilities and stayed in the hospital from birth. When he was 2 years old, doctors said he could move to a special home for his medical needs. However, the federal and provincial governments could not agree on who should pay for his home-based care. Jordan stayed in the hospital until he passed away at the age of 5. In 2007, the House of Commons passed Jordan's Principle in memory of Jordan. It was a commitment that First Nations children would get the products, services, and supports they need, when they need them. Payments would be worked out later. Today, Jordan's Principle is a legal obligation, which means it has no end date. While programs and initiatives to support it may only exist for short periods of time, Jordan's Principle will always be there. Jordan's Principle will support First Nations children for generations to come. This is the legacy of Jordan River Anderson.

Examples of types of requests we can assist eligible First Nations children and youth aged 0-19 with:
Educational Supports                                                 
Mental Health Services

Medical Supplies and Equipment                               
Assessments and Screenings
Medical Transportation to appointments- outside of home community they reside in if needed.
Respite Care                                                               
Speech and Language Therapy
Specialized Hearing Aids                                            
Assistive Technology and Electronics

Please note that this list is non-exhaustive, and each case is reviewed on its own merits. If you have any questions or want to learn more on how you can help children access programs and services through Jordan’s Principle, please feel free to email any questions or come and introduce yourself and we can discuss your questions regarding Jordan’s Principle.

For more information, please contact:

Loretta McMillan-Jordan’s Principle Coordinator
Tel- -236-335-8355 (Cell)