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CNA and CINA’s joint statement on the government’s announcement in support of Jordan’s Principle

“We welcome the government’s announcement to support improved and better-coordinated responses to health-related issues experienced by Indigenous children and youth living in First Nations communities across Canada. We are pleased to see the federal government taking action to implement Jordan’s Principle, almost 10 years after the private member’s motion was tabled in the House of Commons. While this is a positive step, much work remains to achieve the kind of change needed to improve health and social outcomes.”

“First Nations children and youth continue to face unfair waits for appropriate health, social and education services in their communities. Nurses who serve these communities recognize the impacts this has on overall community health and well-being and they will continue to advocate strongly for the needs of children and youth. The jurisdictional volleying of their rights to health and other services must end.”

“While this commitment is positive, it must be coupled with substantive changes to Health Canada’s Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) policy. If policy change does not occur in conjunction with this new commitment, the health of Indigenous children and youth, and their communities, will continue to suffer.”

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“On behalf of CINA’s membership, I can say that we applaud the federal government for taking this positive step, but to see real change on the ground there must be changes to the NIHB policy. The policy is flawed and health coverage is systematically reduced each and every year. It is our hope that a portion of the funding is dedicated to systems and policy change.”
Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (CINA) President Lisa Bourque Bearskin

“We are proud to partner with our CINA colleagues to ensure that inequities in services offered to Indigenous children and youth are addressed. We will continue to work with CINA and the federal government to achieve positive outcomes for the Indigenous people of this country.”
Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) President Barb Shellian

For more information, please contact:
Kevin Ménard
Communications Advisor
Canadian Nurses Association
Tel.: 613-237-2159, ext. 543
E-mail: kmenard@cna-aiic.ca