Category: Indigenous programs

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

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 […]

Elder Barney Williams, Jr. An Interview with Barney Williams, Jr., Elder and residential school survivor


Diversity and inclusion, Indigenous programs

Orange Shirt Day recognizes the legacy and impact of the Indian Residential Schools in Canada. Falling on September 30th, the Day is an opportunity to honour residential school survivors and their families, and to commit to reconciliation. At BMO, we believe that Canadian companies have a responsibility to provide education on Indigenous issues and experiences […]

Eskasoni First Nation overhead view BMO brings banking to Eskasoni Nation during lockdown


Employees who inspire, Indigenous programs, Response

“When our community went on lockdown to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, a lot of people had concerns about how to pay bills or deposit cheques,” says Tracy Menge, Director of Community Economic Development of Cape Breton’s Eskasoni First Nation. “BMO helped us in an unsure time.” In March 2020, just two months after thousands […]

The construction site at OAHS BMO supports pre- and post-natal care centre for Indigenous women


Indigenous programs

“Housing is one of the most significant social determinants of health – and it’s so important for expectant mothers,” says Justin Marchand, Executive Director at Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services (OAHS). “That’s why we’re giving them the support they need, before and after they give birth.” OAHS provides safe, affordable housing for urban and rural First […]

BMO's Dan Adams and Sean Murphy with Thunder Woman Healing Lodge's Board BMO supports Indigenous Women at Thunder Woman Healing Lodge


Indigenous programs

“Our goal is to create a loving, safe place for Indigenous women,” says Patti Pettigrew, President of the board of Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society. “We want to help them find wholeness and balance.” Disproportionate rates of incarceration and a lack of support and services in the corrections system and post-release have led to difficulties […]

Indigenous Banking Bloomberg spotlights the work of BMO’s Indigenous Banking Unit


Indigenous programs, Responsible banking

Bloomberg recently interviewed BMO’s Stephen Fay, Head, Indigenous Banking, about our approach to supporting the economic self-sufficiency and growth of Canada’s indigenous communities. Indigenous banking is a tangible way in which BMO seeks to fulfill our purpose to boldly grow the good: it seeks to break down barriers that have limited Indigenous communities’ access to […]