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UFCW Canada Local 1006A is participating in the Bear Witness Day campaign on May 10 to raise awareness about the access First Nations children have to public services, including health care.

The day centres around Jordan’s Principle, a legal rule which ensures all First Nations children can access supports, services and products they need when they need them. The campaign is named for Jordan Anderson, a young child who died while waiting to get the home-based care he needed. Jordan’s Principle was passed by the House of Commons 12 years ago, to help support First Nations Children. 

According to Kids Help Phone: "Under this legal rule, First Nations children and youth can access any public services (such as physical health, mental health, educational supports, early childhood services and more) without having to face inequities because they’re First Nations."

Despite this legal obligation, First Nation children are still facing challenges due to lack of adequate funding for healthcare, education and other social services. We are also calling on Jordan’s Principle to be fully implemented.

We will be coming together through a social media campaign to raise awareness and create change. Please post your photo holding a stuffed bear to your social media networks using the hashtags #bearwitnessday #jordansprinciple #ufcw1006a.