by Philippa Pictou, Health Director, Pictou Landing

(Front L-R) Paul Champ, Jeremy Meawasige, Maurina Beadle (Jeremy’s mother) and Cindy Blackstock. (Back L-R) Philippa Paul and Dorene Bernard.

In a landmark ruling for the rights of First Nations children, the Federal Court of Canada has found that Jordan’s Principle is binding on the Government of Canada, and ordered Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development to reimburse the Pictou Landing Band for costs associated with caring for Jeremy Meawasige, a disabled youth, living at home with his mother in Pictou Landing First Nation.

Jordan’s Principle is a child first principle named in memory of Jordan River Anderson. Jordan was a First Nations child from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. Born with complex medical needs, Jordan spent more than two years unnecessarily in hospital while the Province of Manitoba and the ...

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