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Marina Beadle in Court Today for Jordan’s Principle and First Nations Children – Media Co-op
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Maurina Beadle in Court Today for Jordan’s Principle and First Nations Children
Precedent-setting trial takes place this week in Halifax
by MOIRA PETERS
JUNE 10, 2012
In a precedent-setting case taking place over the next two days in Halifax, Maurina Beadle and Pictou Landing First Nation are taking the Government of Canada to court over its failure to provide to Beadle’s son the same level of health care that a child living off-reserve would receive from the province of Nova Scotia.
Beadle, with the support of Philippa Pictou, Health Director for Pictou Landing First Nation, are invoking, for the first time in its history, Jordan’s Principle, a child-first policy passed unanimously in the House of Commons in 2007. The policy dictates that in the instance of a jurisdictional dispute over which level of government foots the bill for a First Nations child in need of medical care, the government first contacted must come up with the funds; any arguments over who ultimately pays for the child’s care are to be argued later.