IDC/BCANDS Provincial Jordan’s Principle Services

What is Jordan’s Principle?

Jordan’s Principle is a child-first principle that aims to eliminate service inequities and delays for First Nations children. Jordan’s Principle states that any public service ordinarily available to all other children must be made available to First Nations children without delay or denial.


Jordan River Anderson

Jordan’s Principle is named in honour of Jordan River Anderson, a young First Nations boy from Norway House Cree Nation in northern Manitoba. Jordan was born in 1999 with multiple disabilities and stayed in the hospital from birth. When he was two years old, doctors said he could move to a special home for his medical needs. However, the federal and provincial governments could not agree on who should pay for his home-based care. Jordan stayed in the hospital until he passed away at age 5.

In 2007, the House of Commons passed Jordan’s Principle in memory of Jordan. It was a commitment that First Nations children would get the products, services and support they need, when they need them. Today, Jordan’s Principle is a legal obligation, which means it has no end date with Jordan’s Principle supporting First Nations children for generations to come.

Jordan’s Principle and BCANDS 

*Note – BCANDS Provincial Jordan’s Principle Coordinator support is available to eligible children with or without disabilities across British Columbia.  

BCANDS Jordan’s Principle Coordinator support is available to eligible children, including those with disabilities, based on the following criteria:

  • First Nations children from birth to age of majority (prior to 19th birthday in British Columbia), that are registered or eligible to be registered under the Indian Act
  • Children who have one parent or guardian who are registered or eligible to be registered under the Indian Act;
  • Is an ordinary resident within a First Nation and has been recognized by the Nation for the purposes of Jordan’s Principle (non-status)
  • Is recognized by the Nation for the purpose of Jordan’s Principle (non-status)

What might be covered under Jordan’s principle? 

All types of supports and services may be eligible under Jordan’s Principle funding, and include but are not limited to:
Health and Social
Specialized day camp                                                                                                Home modifications (to ensure safety and well-being of child)                                Respite care                                                                                                                  Oral Health (Additional dental coverages & Orthodontics)                                    Specialist evaluations
Medical equipment
Training for staff
Emergency psychology
Mental health services

Education and Day-care
Adapted school transport
Support work                                                                                                        Education Assistants                                                                                              Tutoring services
Assistive technology

Traditional                                                                                                                      Land-based healing
Elder services
Cultural programs

The BCANDS Jordan’s Principle Program ensures that all types of services are available for children in need, including culturally appropriate services.

Jordan’s Principle Resources 

Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger (Video) 

Jordan’s Principle: Session with BCANDS Provincial Coordinator                         Raylene McCreath 

Jordan’s Principle Poster 

Jordan’s Principle Documents / Forms

BCANDS Jordan’s Principle – Letter of Introduction 

BCANDS Jordan’s Principle Request Form 

Consent Form for Authorized Representation 


Raylene McCreath – BCANDS Provincial Coordinator                                        Telephone: (250) 381 7303 – ext. 201                                                                          Toll Free: 1-888-815-5511 – ext. 201                                                              Confidential Fax: (250) 381 7312                                                                              email: 

Krissy Miiller – BCANDS Jordan’s Principle ARC Program                                        Telephone: (250) 381 7303 – ext. 217                                                                          Toll Free: 1-888-815-5511 – ext. 217                                                              Confidential Fax: (250) 381 7312                                                                              email: 

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* The Jordan’s Principle Coordinator can be reached Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm