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WATCH — Jordan’s Principle helps First Nations kids access services they need

CBC Kids News logo CBC Kids News 11/29/2022 Sophia Smoke
KN explains Jordan’s Principle with CBC Kids News contributor Sophia Smoke. © Provided by CBC Kids News KN explains Jordan’s Principle with CBC Kids News contributor Sophia Smoke.

Jordan’s Principle: a family’s fight and legacy

Every week, CBC Kids News takes a deep dive into a topic that's been in the headlines. Click the video above or below for this week’s KN Explains.

Last June, the federal government agreed to a $20 billion deal to help First Nations children and families who have been discriminated against by the government.

But those families are still waiting for that compensation.

On Nov. 23, those people found out that the Canadian government, Assembly of First Nations and Canadian Human Rights Tribunal are still working out how the money will be distributed.

It’s the next chapter in a story that has been going on for decades.

One chapter that has helped shine a light on how First Nations people have been discriminated against is the story of a boy named Jordan River Anderson.

His death inspired a legal rule called Jordan’s Principle.

What is Jordan’s Principle?

Jordan’s Principle is a legal rule in Canada that ensures First Nations youth have access to the services they need.

Those services include health, education and social services.

It ensures that when a young person or their family/guardian submits an application to the government for help, they must receive a response within 48 hours.

Learn about Jordan’s story and the principle it inspired in this week’s KN Explains.

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CLARIFICATION: This story was originally publish Nov. 29. It was updated to clarify that concerns about government discrimination against First Nations people started before Jordan’s Principle was established.

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