Extra money is coming to the Hanover School Division to pay for additional support for First Nations children.
Jordan’s Principle is a federal organization that offers support for various situations, says Hanover Superintendent Shelley Amos.
The division submitted a number of applications this year and has received approval which amounts to $200,000.
“Those funds can be provided for reasons of medical need, reasons of social need, or reasons of educational need,” Amos says.
The division has hired 10 additional educational assistants.
“We had opportunity this year to put in a significant amount of applications, and they are being approved for us. So, this funding will run until the end of June and we are looking to see if there’s opportunity for us to carry it over next year or reapply for those students as well,” she adds.
Jordan's Principle is named in memory of Jordan River Anderson. He was a young boy from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. Jordan's Principle makes sure all First Nations children living in Canada can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. Funding can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs, including the unique needs that First Nations Two-Spirit and LGBTQQIA children and youth and those with disabilities may have.