Speech-language pathologists, audiologists and communication health assistants have a role to play in supporting First Nations’ rights to self-determination — including the right and responsibility to determine appropriate health and education programs. To highlight its commitment to this role, SAC released the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Services for First Nations Position Statement.
In 2007, the federal government adopted Jordan’s Principle, a child-first principle intended to resolve jurisdictional disputes involving the care of First Nations children. Jordan’s Principle seeks to provide First Nations children with equal and fair access to services that would be ordinarily available to other children in Canada.
Speech, Language and Hearing Services for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Children in Canada with a Focus on Children 0-6 years of Age
With funding from Health Canada, and in collaboration with Assembly of First Nations and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, SAC carried out a project to collect information on speech, language and hearing services for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Children.
The project resulted in three reports*: