FIN Review: Jordan River Anderson gives voice to First Nation healthcare woes

This moving documentary starts with a government struggle over what level should pay for the care Jordan River Anderson needs. The young boy, born in 1999 with multiple disabilities, was the victim of a funding dispute in the months before his death.

He died at five years old, before the feds and province could agree on who paid for home care. This tells of his legacy, and the fact that in 2007, the House of Commons passed Jordan’s Principle. This said that First Nations kids would get everything they needed from a health perspective, and money would be figured out later.

It’s an absolutely devastating film, but does show that Jordan’s difficulties and tragic end of life has led to hope and help for other Indigenous children. The direction from Abenaki director Alanis Obomsawin puts a lot of voices and ideas on-screen.

The documentary is incredible, though way too short, and tells the story from all angles. The ultimately hopeful documentary shows the areas in this country where First Nations relations need to grow.

3.5/5 Stars

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