Mnaasged Child and Family Services continues to support communities during COVID-19 pandemic – Anishinabek News

by ahnationtalk on April 3, 202077 Views

April 3, 2020

AAMJIWNAANG FIRST NATION— Members of First Nations across southwestern Ontario are hoping to get more access to services and goods for children thanks to new training on how to access Jordan’s Principle.

The training workshop, run by Stephanie Stone of Mnaasged Child and Family Services, brought workers in social services, education, and health together to learn how to help families and groups navigate their way through the federal government bureaucracy to make sure their applications for help are approved, Stone says.

Jordan’s Principle was created in response to the death of five-year-old Jordan River Anderson, a child from Norway House Cree Nation who suffered from a rare muscular disorder. After spending his first two years in a Winnipeg hospital, Jordan was cleared to live at home, but he died at age five, still in hospital after wrangling between the federal and provincial governments over which level of government should pay for his in-home care. The House of Commons passed a motion of support of the Principle in 2007 that is supposed to guarantee equitable and timely access to children’s services for First Nations and Inuit people.

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