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On May 10, UFCW 1006A encourages our members and allies to join us on social media in participating in Bear Witness Day. Together, we can help raise awareness about the lack of access that First Nations children have to public services, including health care.

To participate, please post your photo holding a stuffed bear to your social media networks using the hashtags #bearwitnessday #jordansprinciple #ufcw1006a. You can also email your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can add them to our 1006A social feeds.

Bear Witness Day centres around Jordan’s Principle, which ensures all First Nations children can access supports, services and products they need when they need them. In spite of the law, First Nation children are still facing challenges due to lack of adequate funding for healthcare, education and other social services. 

Jordan’s Principle is named for Jordan River 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 more than a decade ago, to help support First Nations children and ensure they get the services and support they need. Learn more.

So far, the Government of Canada reports that Jordan’s Principle has led to more than 820,000 products, services and supports being approved to help First Nations children.

Although progress has been made, more must be done. Join us on May 10 for Bear Witness Day to show your support and "Bear Witness" to ensure Jordan's Principle is fully implemented. 

 

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