Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger

IMPORTANT: Due to the extraordinary measures being taken in communities across Canada to contain the spread of COVID-19, many of the events listed here will be cancelled or postponed. Until further notice, we suggest you contact event organizers directly to confirm that an event is still taking place.

 
Apr 13, 2020 | 11:00 AM
Little Saskatchewan School Gym
., Gypsumville, Manitoba,
Alanis Obomsawin
2019 | 66 min

In her latest film, celebrated Abenaki director Alanis Obomsawin tells the story of Jordan River Anderson, and how as a result of his short life, thousands of Indigenous children today receive the same standard of social, health and education services as the rest of the Canadian population.

Because of Jordan’s Indian status, a dispute arose between the governments of Canada and Manitoba over who was responsible for his care, and Jordan did not receive the appropriate home-based assistance that would have allowed him to end his life in his own community.

Jordan’s Principle was passed into law by the House of Commons, and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal issued a ruling guaranteeing the same standard of service, yet many Indigenous children were still denied access. It took sustained commitment and the issuance of several mandatory orders for justice to be done.

 

 

 

Loading Map…