Child First Initiative

The Child First Initiative (CFI) is a federal initiative established to improve the response to Inuit children’s unique needs in terms of health, social services and education. The existing structures under the Jordan Principle* are used to provide Inuit children with the services and support they require. These services are funded by the Federal Government and are managed by the organizations and partners of Nunavik, to design a long-term approach to better respond to the particular needs of Inuit children. The Child First Initiative aims to provide funding that is necessary to enable access to services when they are not available within a reasonable time period or in case they do not exist.

What Is Covered

Each child’s situation is unique. Below are some examples of items covered:

  • hiring of professionals to ensure appropriate follow-up for children and their families (specialized educators, occupational therapists, etc.)
  • specialized day programs for children with disabilities
  • support for mental health evaluation
  • specialized medical material and supplies
  • speech therapy needs
  • adapted school transportation
  • assessments by neuropsychologists
  • dietary supplements
  • rehabilitation therapy
  • assistance with homework
  • etc.
     

Eligibility

All Inuit children, regardless of their place of residence in Canada, may apply for funding under the Child First Initiative. Children must:

  • be recognized by an Inuit territorial-claims organization
  • not have reached the age of majority as established by their province or territory of residence
     

Where the Forms for Support Can Be Obtained

Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services (NRBHSS):

Who Can Apply

The following may submit requests:

  • parents or guardians responsible for an Inuk child
  • an Inuk child over the age of 16 years, on behalf of themselves
  • an authorized representative of the child, parent or guardian (the parent or guardian must give verbal or written consent in such cases)

An organization or service supplier may apply for a group of children with similar needs and from different families or under the responsibility of different tutors.

How to Apply

Individual request:

Fill out and send the form for individual requests to cfi.nrbhss@ssss.gouv.qc.ca.

Include the following documents:

  • proof that the child is recognized as beneficiary of the JBNQA from Makivik Corporation (child’s N number, parent’s N number, etc.)
  • summary of the child’s history and specific needs
  • academic or social assessments specifying the product, service or support the child needs
  • a written and signed recommendation from a health or education professional or social intervener detailing the child’s needs and assessment for the service requested
  • a quote indicating the price of the professional who will provide the service

Other documents may be required depending on the specifics of the request.

Group request:

Fill out a group request for each type of service and the form for individual requests for each child.

Fill out and send the group request to cfi.nrbhss@ssss.gouv.qc.ca.

Include the following documents:

  • proof that the child is recognized as beneficiary of the JBNQA, from Makivik Corporation (child’s N number, parent’s N number, etc.)
  • summary of the child’s history and specific needs
  • academic or social assessments specifying the product, service or support the child needs
  • a written and signed recommendation from a health or education professional or social intervener detailing the child’s needs and assessment for the service requested
  • a quote indicating the price of the professional who will provide the service

Other documents may be required depending on the specifics of the request.

Note: The request form has not yet been translated to Inuktitut. Once an translated version is available, it will be distributed. The documents are currently available in English and French.
 

Processing Requests

The regional point of contact will review the request. Once it is processed, the decision will be communicated in writing to the applicant. If the request is rejected, the applicant may appeal the decision during the year after the refusal.
 

Who Will Receive the Funding

  • payment is made to the parent or guardian if the child has not yet reached the age of majority as established in their province or territory of residence
  • providers of goods or services may be paid directly
     

Reimbursements

An application form for reimbursement is necessary to:

  • request reimbursement of fees that have already been paid
  • obtain direct payment for providers of goods or services for items they have provided

To request reimbursement:

  1. fill out an application form for reimbursement (forms can be sent and assistance can be provided upon request)
  2. once filled out, send the form with relevant documents to the e-mail address indicated in the letter of approval, making sure to include the child’s file number
     

For More Information

 

*To find out more about the Jordan Principle: https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1568396042341/1568396159824