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Jordan's Principle agreement reached

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The province announced today it has reached an agreement with the federal government to implement Jordan's Principle in Manitoba so that First Nations children with multiple disabilities will continue to receive needed care without delays or disruptions resulting from jurisdictional disputes.

Jordan Anderson was just five years old in 2005 when he died in a Winnipeg hospital as bureaucrats fought over even the smallest costs of moving him home.

The death of the boy from Norway House, 800 kilometres north of Winnipeg, inspired the principle that aims to ensure that jurisdictional wrangling doesn't deny or delay services for severely disabled children from native reserves across Canada. The idea is that the first agency involved -- federal or provincial -- would pay for required care first and settle any funding disputes second.

In a news release today, the provincial and federal governments said they will use individual case reviews to resolve most issues. While governments resolve any remaining issues, they will ensure services continue to be provided. Over the next several months, the governments said they will "work together to formalize and finalize processes including a dispute resolution mechanism."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 5, 2008 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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