A Progressive Conservative Private Member’s Resolution on Jordan’s Principle passed unanimously today at the Manitoba legislature, ensuring every aboriginal child in the province receives health care with the same rights as other Manitoba kids.
“The passage of this resolution is a victory for Manitoba’s aboriginal children, in removing jurisdictional disputes that block immediate access to care ,” said Opposition Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Critic Stu Briese, who moved the resolution. “It also follows a major recommendation of this week’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission report on residential schools.”
Jordan’s Principle ensures every aboriginal child receives public health services from the government of first contact with the child, and that jurisdictional disputes between different levels of government are dealt with afterward.
Jordan’s Principle is named after five-year-old Jordan River Anderson of Norway House Cree Nation, who died in hospital in 2005 as a result of jurisdictional payment disagreements over his care. The NDP provincial government failed Jordan and his family in 2005 and then failed for a decade to implement his principle.
Briese’s Private Member’s Resolution was seconded by the Liberal member for River Heights, Dr. Jon Gerrard, underscoring the non-partisan importance of the issue and the need to work in co-operation on it.