Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – The First Nations Summit is welcoming the report released today by the Assembly of First Nations in partnership with UNICEF Canada, The Canadian Paediatric Society, McGill University and the University of Michigan which identifies the inequity experienced by First Nations children who need government services. The report, entitled “Without denial, delay or disruption: Ensuring First Nations children’s access to equitable services through Jordan’s Principle”, examines the shortcomings of the federal government response to Jordan’s Principle which was unanimously adopted by the House of Commons in 2007.

The First Nations Summit has been extremely disappointed with the narrow approach Canada has shown in upholding the spirit and intent of Jordan’s Principle to implement and provide a “child-first” approach to resolving jurisdictional disputes regarding the provision of services to First Nations children.