In the context of COVID-19, some needs that may arise for First Nations children that may be addressed through Jordan’s Principle include:
• Food security – access to food allowances so that children have healthy food while families or communities are physically-distancing or self-isolating.
• Caregiver support – respite services to offer a break for caregivers or if childcare centres are full due to increased capacity limits
• Cultural well-being – access to supplies for regalia-making, beading, etc. while children are learning from home!
• Technology to access education or other health supports – assistive devices to access education and other supports online if opting to homeschool, virtual therapy, etc
• Infant supplies – diapers, wipes, other supports for when a family can’t access these items.
• Utility Bills and/or Rent- help with overdue bills/rent due to loss of wages, financial hardship etc.
Please note that every Jordan’s Principle application is assessed on a case-by-case basis and funding is not a guarantee. The above suggestions are some examples of what can possibly be accessed through Jordan’s Principle based on a child’s unique circumstance.
Reach out to your JP Navigator to find out if you have a case for Jordan’s Principle! For an application package, one-on-one support and more information contact Amanda King, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Jordan’s Principle Navigator, or visit the program page.