Message from the Chief – April 5th, 2024

from the Chief


April 2 was the 14th annual World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of the issues faced by autistics.

I feel honoured to have many friends within the autism community. Celebrating these friendships and relationships is incredibly important to me.

We learn so much from each other when we take the time to listen. I am grateful to the Autism Society of NL as they keep us informed and equipped with current and appropriate language and help us better understand how we can best advocate for people who may need our supportive voices. Education is key and leads to better understanding. We all have a responsibility to ensure all members of our communities are accepted and valued.

I invite you to take the time this week to promote awareness, acceptance, and inclusion in recognition of autistics as well as those who love and support them.   Every one of us is unique and has perspectives, gifts, skills, and abilities that shape the beautiful mosaic of our communities.

Did you know that there are supports available to Indigenous autistic children?

Jordan’s Principle can provide funding for health, education and social needs that may not be covered by our provincial health care plan, NIHB or private insurance.

For example, the assessment to confirm diagnosis, access to respite or alternate childcare, help with travel to medical appointments, sensory items, speech services, or help with accessing social activities recommended by a health care provider are all available under Jordan’s Principle.

It’s important to note that even children who do not have status cards are eligible to receive funding if their parent is a status card holder.

I encourage you to share this information in your community and help make sure that folks are aware.  Our Jordan’s Principle Service Coordinator, Brigitte, can be reached at 709-634-2234 or by emailing



Interim Chief Jenny Brake