BMO Bank of Montreal Indigenous Banking

The Indigenous marketplace is evolving. Indigenous communities are asserting greater influence in the economy as they gain control over access to land and resources. Indigenous people represent a growing economic force and an increasingly qualified source of labour.

Commitment

BMO Bank of Montreal created the Indigenous Banking Unit in 1992 to contribute to the economic self-sufficiency of Indigenous communities, businesses and individuals across Canada. BMO has committed to provide Indigenous communities with employment opportunities and improved access to financial products and services because it is good business!

Approach

BMO Bank of Montreal recognizes that our ability to contribute to the self-sufficiency of Indigenous communities is linked to the development of effective relationships with those communities. To foster these relationships, we are working with Indigenous communities in a spirit of partnership and cooperation to:

Our Success

The Canadian Council for Indigenous Business has recognized BMO Financial Group with a gold level Progressive Indigenous Relations (PAR) award for our approach to the Indigenous market and for understanding the business case for a diverse workforce and equitable, supportive workplace. We have been working for more than a decade to make ourselves an employer of choice and business partner to Indigenous communities, businesses and individuals. The PAR award provides an opportunity for discussion and dialogue while raising awareness of the growing contribution Indigenous business is making to the Canadian economy.

Providing improved access to financial products and services to Indigenous communities