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Inuit Child First Initiative

Jordan’s Principle and also called the Inuit Child First Initiative is available to address unmet needs of First Nations and Inuit children on the basis of normative standards or substantive equality, cultural appropriateness and best interests of the child. See information on Canada's website set up for this federal initiative.


For accessing support from IRC on Child First Initiative Applications, below is the first set of questions that will be asked by Jordan’s Principle and if you need additional support specifically on finding the required numbers,

Here is a link to Enrolment for Registration of children for Land Claim number and email   If you need it, N number support at IRC with Inuvialuit Health Systems Navigator and email


In order to submit a request under Jordan’s Principle or the Inuit Child First Initiative, IRC will need the following information: 

1.       Information on the child and requested service(s)/support(s):

  • Child’s name and date of birth (I would add their Health Care Card Numbers as well)
  • Parent/Child’s full mailing address 
  • Proof of eligibility information (ie. First Nations status or Inuit Land Claim beneficiary information) 
  • A summary of the child's history and unique needs.
  • The product, service or support needed
  • How does the services/items you are requesting, addresses your children’s needs?
  • How often the product, service or support will be needed ?
  • Estimated costs is each services/item. 
  • Who will provide the service/where the item will be purchased


Support letters can come from those who know the children’s history such as a teacher, guidance counsellor, psychologist, social worker etc -  They could provide an email of support that recommends the services/supports being requested. With the situation with COVID-19, it does not need to be a formal letter, even an email of support would suffice.


Rhonda John

Regional CFI Coordinator

Health & Wellness Division

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation

Inuit Children all over Canada can use telephone hotline 1(855) 572-4453 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) and see your additional Regional Representative and Focal Point for CFI anywhere across Canada.


The photograph is from the Inuvialuit Digital Library archive and of Bessie Kuptana sitting surrounded by four young children from Paulatuk and likely taken at Cape Parry around 1968.  Find more information and the Inuvialuit Digital Library at