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My name is Lisa Stewart and I am writing to introduce myself as the Jordan’s Principle Service Coordinator in the Northern Region, also to let you know how I can support you and your child to access health, social and education supports, including Jordan’s Principle funding.
Jordan’s Principle is named in memory of Jordan River Anderson, a young boy from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. Jordan’s Principle makes sure all First Nations children living in Canada have access to the products, services and supports they need, when they need them.
To support families, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) BC Region has been working with First Nations partners to develop and implement a made-in-BC Jordan’s Principle Enhanced Service Coordination model of care that puts First Nations children and families at the center of service delivery.
As a Jordan’s Principle Service Coordinator, I can work with you to identify and facilitate timely access to a range of federal and provincial health, social, and education products services and supports to meet your child’s needs. Plus, I can address questions about Jordan’s Principle and assist you to submit requests for funding under Jordan’s Principle on their behalf. To be eligible, children must be between the ages of 0-19 years of age.
Further information about Jordan’s Principle, including eligibility and how to submit a request can be found at this link:
I will primarily work with families in the following communities within the Northern Region: Prince Rupert/Port Edward, Metlakatla, Laxkw’alaams, Kitkatla, Hartley Bay, Klemtu, Kitselas, Kitsumkalum, Gitlaxt’aamiks, Gingolx, Laxgalt’sap and Gitwinksihlkw. However, First Nations families anywhere in BC are welcome to connect with me. Below is my contact information.
Jordan’s Principle Service Coordinator
Prince Rupert Friendship House Association
Phone: 250- 627-1717 Ext: 19 Fax: 250-627-7533
Jordan’s Principle Service Coordination
Prince Rupert Friendship House Association is pleased to announce that we have a Jordan’s Principle Service Coordinator on site.
Jordan’s Principle is a legal rule named in memory of Jordan River Anderson, a child from Norway House Cree Nation who had a suffered from Carey Fineman Ziter syndrome, a rare muscular disorder that required years of medical treatment in a Winnipeg hospital. While the federal and provincial governments could not agree who was going to pay the medical costs for at home care, Jordan passed away in the hospital at the age of five, never spending a day in his life at home.
Jordan’s Principle is a Child-First and needs based principle to ensure all First Nation children living on or off reserve have equitable access to all government funded public services. Funding can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs.
To support all Jordan’s Principle and Inuit Child First Initiative requests, signed documentation is required from a health, social, or educational professional directly working with the child that clearly indicates the diagnosis or identified need, directly recommends the requested intervention and stipulates the recommended frequency and duration of treatment plan, if applicable.
Please note that recommendations should come from qualified professionals involved in the child’s care in most cases. Unmet needs can be assessed by community health, social and education providers where access to a professional is not available in a timely manner. They may provide an initial assessment of unmet needs of the child (or children) this is especially important to consider in cases where communities /families do not have timely access to a specialized or additional subject matter expertise.
Supporting documents should be provided by medical /social /educational professionals who have no conflict and do not stand to benefit from the funding request.
First Nations children, until the day they turn 19, may be eligible. If you’re unsure if your child, or a child and family you are supporting are eligible, please contact our Jordan’s Principle Service Coordinator.
For more information please contact:
Lisa Stewart-Jordan’s Principle Service Coordinator
744- Fraser Street, Prince Rupert BC, V8J 1P9
Email: [email protected] Phone: 250-627-1717 Ext: 19 Fax: 250-627-7533by