About Us

The First Nations Health Consortium (FNHC) is a new organization developed in February 2017 to improve access to health, social and educational services and supports to First Nations children in Alberta. 

The Consortium is one of the first organizations in Canada to implement Jordan’s Principle to ensure First Nation’s children are not subject to delay, denial or disruption of services due to disputes between governments or government departments. 

First Nations children in Alberta now have a direct point of contact that will connect families with appropriate services when they are needed. The First Nations Health Consortium helps families find service providers in the health, social and educational systems. 

Jordan’s Principle is a child first principle created in Jordan Anderson’s honour to ensure First Nations children have equal and fair access to services ordinarily available to other Canadian children and to shield them from government disputes. Jordan’s Principle was created in honour of Jordan River Anderson who died after spending over two years in hospital after being caught in jurisdiction red tape when government officials could not decide who should pay for his at-home care. 

FNHC is governed by a Board of Directors representing four First Nations health organizations in Alberta that founded the Consortium: Bigstone Health Commission, Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council, Maskwacis Health Services and Siksika Nation. An Executive Director manages the organization, supported by a core management team consisting of a Regional Services Coordinator Manager and Operations Manager. Frontline staff members include Regional Service Coordinators and Jordan’s Principle Access Workers.