Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

December 12, 2007 18:18 ET

Statement from the Federal Minister of Health and Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians ...

... Regarding Motion 296, Jordan's Principle

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 12, 2007) - Our Government is taking the necessary steps to make sure a tragedy, such as the one upon which this motion is sadly based, never happens again. Our Government is committed to putting children first and is proud to support motion 296, "Jordan's Principle."

This Government believes that the health and safety of all children must always triumph over any issues of jurisdiction.

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada is working closely with Health Canada as well as provincial and First Nations partners to ensure that jurisdictional issues do not impact a child's quality of care. Governments need to work together to see that First Nations and Inuit children have access to the same services available to other children.

In addition to Jordan's principle, this Government has struck a new partnership with the Province and Treaty First Nations in Alberta to implement a prevention based approach to child and family services for First Nations on reserves in that province.

We are exploring similar approaches with other provinces and First Nations in order to reduce the number of children in care and provide better services for First Nations children and families.

We are confident that by taking action, strong in partnership, we can accomplish the work required to make sure the welfare of a child always comes first.

The Honourable Chuck Strahl The Honourable Tony Clement
Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Minister of Health Canada
Canada and Federal Interlocutor for Metis
and Non-Status Indians

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Phillipe Mailhot
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
    Federal Minister of Health
    Laryssa Waler