On January 16, 2024 the Our Children Our Way Society hosted a webinar on Jordan’s Principle and Canada’s ongoing failure to fully implement it.
Jordan’s Principle is a child-first principle to ensure First Nations children get the services they need when they need them. The CHRT has ordered Canada to implement the full meaning and scope of Jordan’s Principle, but children are still waiting for the services they need.
The Caring Society has documented numerous ongoing challenges that children and families face when trying to access Jordan’s Principle funding, including: lengthy delays in determining requests, including in urgent cases; lengthy delays in funding approved requests; phone calls and information requests that go unanswered; unreasonable eligibility criteria; unreasonable application requirements. In December, the Caring Society filed a motion of non-compliance with the CHRT seeking new orders to compel Canada to implement Jordan’s Principle in a manner that meaningfully meets the needs of First Nations children.
Presented by Dr. Cindy Blackstock and Brittany Mathews of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society, David Taylor & Kevin Droz from Conway Baxter Wilson Lawyers, and hosted by Jennifer Chuckry, Executive Director of the Our Children Our Way Society Secretariat.
Watch the webinar on the Our Children Our Way Society YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGwxI-JUlM9K3iXpYWiMrKg/videos
Presentation that accompanies the videos: 2024 Jan 16 Jordan’s Principle Slides Webinar Dr. C. Blackstock Webinar Still not Filling the Gaps