FSIN Renews Call For Jordan’s Principle

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 15:15



The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is calling on the provincial and federal governments to put aside jurisdictional disputes and meet the health needs of First Nations children.


Last month, the FSIN passed a resolution that ways the government of first contact should pay for the services without delay while the matter is refered to jurisdictional dispute mechanisms.


The approach is called Jordan’s Principle, named after a boy who died in northern Manitoba when his health needs weren’t met because of jurisdictional squabbling.


Vice-Chief Guy Lonechild says the FSIN will hold both governments accountable.


Lonechild is proposing both levels of government contribute to a health and wellness trust that could be used to implement Jordan’s Principle.