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Jordan's Principle

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What is it?

Jordan’s Principle helps children in First Nations communities in need of products, services or support. The goal is to ensure that all First Nations children have access to the public services that they need. These services include education, health, childcare, recreation, culture and language. Jordan’s Principle is a Human Rights principle and a Child First initiative for First Nations children aged 0 to 17 living on or off territory.

The Disability Programs - Specialized Services (DPSS) department of the Cree Health Board guides families through the process of applying for support under Jordan’s Principle.

Who is it for?

Current eligibility criteria under Jordan’s Principle are:

  • The child must be aged 0 – 17 years old
  • The child is registered or eligible to be registered under the Indian Act (has a band number or is eligible for one)
  •  The child has one parent/guardian who is registered or eligible to be registered under the Indian Act
  • The child is recognized as part of Eeyou Istchee
  • The child is living on or off territory

Your child does not have to have a disability to be covered under Jordan’s Principle.


Where is it offered?

Requests are evaluated depending on the case. Jordan’s Principle ensures that all types of services are available for children in need, including culturally appropriate services. 


What services are included?

Health and Social

  • Specialized day camp
  • Respite care
  • Specialist evaluations
  • Medical equipment
  • Training for staff
  • Emergency psychology
  • Mental health services

Education and Daycare

  • Adapted school transport
  • Support worker
  • Tutoring services
  • Assessments
  • Assistive technology


  • Land-based healing
  • Elder services
  • Cultural Programs


How can I get this service?

Contact DPSS for more information.



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