Larivee applauds effort to help children

Chris Clegg
For the Lakeside Leader

Six northern Alberta First Nations are among 11 partners involved in a health consortium to provide better supports for First Nations children.

On Nov. 15, Alberta became the first province to implement Jordan’s Principle, which is intended to help First Nations children get the services they need, when they need them. It is named for the case of Jordan Anderson, a Manitoba boy who died in 2015 while the provincial and federal authorities squabbled over who should pay for his care.

The consortium is made up of Bigstone, Lubicon, Loon River, Peerless/Trout, Whitefish and Woodland Cree First Nations. They will work with the two senior levels of government to address gaps and share information, so that when a child needs support there are no unnecessary delays.

Danielle Larivee attended the Nov. 15 signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), both as Lesser Slave MLA and Minister of Children’s Services.

“Every child deserves the same access to supports,” she said, “no matter where they live.”

In signing the MOU, the province addresses one of 16 actions set out in ‘A Stronger, Safer Tomorrow,’ Alberta’s four-year public action plan to improve the child intervention system and strengthen support for children and families.

The MOU also ensures equitable levels of health, social and educational services for First Nations children and families.

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