Ottawa commits $382 million to begin raising services for on-reserve kids

Jul 12, 2016

Tanya Talaga, Global Economics Reporter. The Star, 2016  

Jordan Rivers Anderson, age 5, died while stuck in hospital for two years while various levels of government jurisdictions argued over who was responsible for his home-care bills.

Anderson belonged to Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. His death was a glaring example of the unequal levels of health care — and all social services — indigenous children in Canada receive compared to nonindigenous children.

The movement to fill the gap so that all on-reserve children with a disability or a short-term condition in Canada are treated equally is called Jordan’s Principle; and late Tuesday, Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott and Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett announced up to $382 million will go toward fixing that disparity.

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