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The federal government is hoping to help First Nation youth.

The government will not move forward with a judicial review of Jordan’s Principle. The Liberals have reached an agreement with all parties involved with the case before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

The government and the parties involved proposed amendments to the ruling in May, that included faster processing times for services, that they say are in the best interests of First Nations children and the Tribunal agreed. As a result, Canada will withdraw its application for judicial review.

“Canada is fully committed to implementing Jordan’s Principle and complying with the orders of the CHRT,” said Minister of Indigenous Services, Jane Philpott. “We are working with First Nations partners and communities, as well as provinces and territories, to ensure all First Nations children get the care they need. Our goal is to move beyond legal proceedings and work together on meaningful change,” she said.

Jordan’s Principle was adopted in 2007 to ensure equal access to health care and social services for First Nations children. It is a child-first principle named in memory of Jordan River Anderson, a First Nations child from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. Born with complex medical needs, Jordan spent more than two years unnecessarily in hospital while the Province of Manitoba and the federal government argued over who should pay for his at home care. Jordan died in the hospital at the age of five years old, never having spent a day in his family home.

As of October 31, 2017, 24,196 services and supports have been approved for First Nations children under Jordan's Principle – A Child-First Initiative. These include mental health supports, medical equipment, speech therapy, educational supports, and more.

Recent census figures show that the First Nations population increased by almost 40 per cent in the last ten years, while more than half the children in foster care (52.2 per cent) 14 years and younger are Indigenous.

If a First Nations child is not receiving the services and supports they need, families are encouraged to contact 1-800-567-9604.

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Chief demands change
Tribunal backs Jordan

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