Background

Jordans Principle

In 2005 a young First Nation child from Manitoba named Jordan River Anderson died in hospital. During his time in hospital, Jordan became caught up in the gaps in care between what the Federal and Provincial governments provide. Working within the resulting legislation known as Jordan’s Principle, we work with governments to prevent tragic stories like this from happening again.

Jurisdictional Issues

Jurisdictional issues exist as a part of the legacy arising from the unique relationship between the Crown and First Nation people. This relationship made First Nation people living on-reserve the responsibility of the Government of Canada in right of the Crown. Treaty Six, Treaty Seven and Treaty Eight were each signed before Alberta was a province in Canada.

The Constitution Act (1867) affirmed this relationship and ministries were created like Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada and Health Canada to deliver provincial-type services on reserve. The Constitution Act (1982) recognized the provincial responsibility for the delivery of health services & also affirmed existing aboriginal and Treaty rights in Canada.

These differing jurisdictional responsibilities have lead to a disconnect in services and conflicts often arise between two levels of government in the provision of comparable & equitable health services.

This has also lead to gaps in access to health services provided to First Nations living on-reserve & those received by other Albertans. These gaps in care can lead to poor health outcomes and a low quality of life for residents living on-reserve.

Today we are working to find ways to address these jurisdictional issues while putting the care of people first and jurisdictional issues second.

Struggles for On-Reserve Residents

In 2009 Health Canada conducted a study to look into the factors that effect the staggeringly poor health outcomes facing on-reserve residents .

The numbers stated in this report don’t do justice to the fact that there are citizens of Canada living in third-world conditions. Even though we have grouped our main objective into three categories, HCoM’s main mandate is to positively change these outcomes. Over time we have seen progress, and we continue to work toward healthier First Nation communities across Alberta.

Health Co-Management published these findings in 2010.

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