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Child's First Initiative Program

Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services’ Child’s First Initiative is a wholistic and indigenous rooted program that ensures equal service provision to First Nations children. The program strives to:

  • improve access for children to services
  • ensure services are culturally appropriate
  • ensure services are equitable and accessible regardless of geography
  • seek more community-based solutions
  • enhance early intervention and prevention services, and
  • enable greater community control over services for children and youth.

The CFI team provides comprehensive assessment, rehabilitation and support services to children with complex care needs. Our multi-disciplinary team provides supportive services at home, in school, in the community, or wherever best meets the needs of the child and family.

CFI Team:

Family Navigator/Nurse Case Manager


Occupational Therapist

Speech-Language Pathologist

Infant Child Development Worker

Bi-Cultural Therapist

Community Development Workers



Jordan’s Principle is a child-first principle named in memory of Jordan River Anderson, a First Nations child from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. Born with complex medical needs, Jordan spent more than two years unnecessarily in hospital while the Province of Manitoba and the Federal government argued over who should pay for his at home care. Jordan died in the hospital at the age of five years old, never having spent a day in his family home. Jordan’s Principle aims to make sure First Nations children can access all public services in a way that is reflective of their distinct cultural needs, takes full account of the historical disadvantage linked to colonization, and without experiencing any service denials, delays or disruptions related to their First Nations status.

Jordan's Principle applies to all First Nations children and all jurisdictional disputes, including those between federal government departments. The Child-First Initiative is one of a series of proactive measures under Jordan's Principle to address the needs of the most vulnerable children.

Who is eligible for our services?

Children under age 18 registered with one of the 10 First Nation Communities in Southern Treaty #3 residing on or off reserve.

Anyone can refer a child to our program. After providing some initial information, you will be connected with one of our Family Navigator/Nurse Case Managers who will contact you to help determine the needs of the child and how we can best support you.

To make a referral: contact 807-274-2042  or fax 807-274-2050.