Category: Indigenous programs

See how BMO is committed to providing improved access to financial products and services to Indigenous communities.

Indigenous woman standing by the lake with hula hoops BMO and FCCQ release report on social and business value of strengthening Indigenous relations


Diversity and inclusion, Indigenous programs

BMO and the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ) today presented their new report: Bâtir un capital de confiance (building trust equity). BMO leaders in Quebec met in 2021 with a dozen Indigenous managers and entrepreneurs from different nations to elicit their comments on how to develop economic ties between Quebec’s business communities […]

Chief Roger Augustine BMO’s Indigenous Advisory Council: Setting the Framework for Reconciliation


Diversity and inclusion, Indigenous programs

The discovery of 215 unmarked graves at the Kamloops Residential School in May came as a terrible shock to the country. It was not a shock, however, to everyone. Like so many Indigenous people in Canada, Chief Roger Augustine was shaken by the horrific news but not surprised. “I attended a residential school in Shubenacadie, […]

Diane Bomberry and Tiffany Bomberry A Kool idea


Diversity and inclusion, Indigenous programs

Kool Kidz Ice & Water, located on the Grand River First Nation reserve near Brantford, Ontario, grew from a simple but striking business insight. “My late ex-husband founded Kool Kidz in 2008,” explains Diane Bomberry. “He recognized that you may be able to make more money in the short term from a lot of other […]

Two Indigenous women BMO partners with the Native Women’s Association of Canada to support Indigenous women


Diversity and inclusion, Indigenous programs

BMO is committed to contributing to the economic self-sufficiency of Indigenous communities, businesses, and individuals across Canada. Our success in developing and nurturing effective relationships and partnerships with Indigenous communities garnered us a gold-level Progressive Indigenous Relations award from the Canadian Council for Indigenous Business. The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a national […]

Aerial view of boreal nature forest and river in summer BMO helping bring Indigenous perspectives to Canadians


Diversity and inclusion, Indigenous programs

This year marks a tragic start to National Indigenous History Month. We stand with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, Indigenous peoples nationwide and all Canadians in mourning the deaths of the 215 children – and all the children – who did not survive Residential School. As part of its commitment to strengthening communities and […]

Two people standing in front of boxes of surgical masks Taking action to address critical PPE gaps in Indigenous communities across Canada


Community giving, Indigenous programs

The effects of the global pandemic have impacted families, communities and business around the world. Yet, there are communities who have been disproportionately impacted and for whom the need for support is even greater. Within Canada, the rate of reported cases of COVID-19 in First Nations living on reserve is 40 per cent higher than […]