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Jordan’s Principle: Child First Initiative

Services are available to First Nations children and youth with or queried as having developmental disabilities, as well as to their families.

Service Descriptions: 

Nursing Services

Nursing consultation is voluntary and confidential.  Nurse consultants have the ability to offer education and assessment services to children, families/primary caregivers, and those supporting the family.

They will work with existing health care providers to ensure consistency in the child’s circle of care.  Our services include but are not limited to: Seizure identification and response training; Enteral tube feed teaching and training; Diabetes management; Blood glucose monitoring; Specialized teaching around specific disease management for example asthma; and Advocacy for children with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Psychology – Behavioural Services

Behavioural Services aims to increase positive behaviours and replace behaviours of concern with more appropriate behaviours.

Individuals are often referred to Behavioural Services because they engage in challenging behaviours, which can include: aggression towards others (e.g., hitting, hair-pulling), self-injurious behaviours (e.g., hitting one’s own head, scratching one’s own skin), disruptive behaviours (e.g., yelling, crying), and noncompliance (e.g., refusing to participate in personal care).

Our services typically involve two phases: assessment and treatment.

During the assessment phase, our team obtains information that will be useful in identifying the function or purpose of the challenging behaviour, and to assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of behaviour intervention strategies.

Treatment typically consists of providing care providers with strategies aimed at decreasing challenging behaviours and increasing appropriate and adaptive ways for the individual to have their needs met.

Family Care Program

This program works with families in complex situations to care for and support their child in a way that enhances the family’s quality of life and family functioning.  Our Social Workers use a Family-Centred model, and understands families are experts on their own experiences.

FCP begins with an in-depth assessment period, which assists the Social Worker in gaining a better understanding of who the family is, what challenges they have faced, and how they would like to improve their current situation.  Following this assessment period, the Social Worker and family identify goals, and a clinical plan is developed which lists steps to accomplishing each goal.

Working with families and support networks, we identify strengths and needs, and assist in forming a system of support that fosters greater independence, informed choices, increased coping skills, strengthened relationships, and a greater sense of well-being.   This program generally works with families up to 18 months.

Counseling Services

Jordan’s Principle Counselling Services are offered to individuals or families who have been touched by developmental disabilities or autism.  Our services are there to help individuals or families to understand themselves better, heal past harms, and create opportunities for the future. It is an opportunity to work through the challenges of life.

St.Amant is a comprehensive resource for Manitobans with developmental disabilities and autism. We’re a not-for-profit organization that offers a wide range of programs and services to support individuals and their families.

Through the Jordan’s Principle – Child First Initiative, services are available to First Nations children and youth with developmental disabilities, and their families. Services usually focus on needs in the home or other non-school environments.

They’re entirely voluntary and families may end the service at any time. No travel to Winnipeg for services is necessary.

Referral Process         

Referrals can be made by Jordan’s Principle Case Managers and Service Coordinators, staff from schools and other specialized staff clinical or other staff from service providers including Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC), Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre, Frontier School Division, Rehabilitation Centre for Children, St.Amant, and community health or social service staff.

A completed Jordan’s Principle – Child First Initiative Referral Form can be faxed to St.Amant Central Intake at 204-258-7065.

Once St.Amant receives the referral, our Intake Administrator will contact the referring agent to confirm receipt of the referral.  The referral may need to be placed on a waitlist, however referring agents are encouraged to advise if they feel the individual or family should be prioritized for services.


St.Amant clinicians work as part of a team with other professionals or care providers.

Contact Information:

St.Amant Central Intake

T 204.258.7041

F 204.258.7065