BMO Commitments to Indigenous customers, colleagues and communities


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Wîcihitowin ᐑᒋᐦᐃᑐᐏᐣ (PDF)
Check out Wîcihitowin (pronounced ‘wee-chih-hito-win’), the BMO Indigenous Partnerships and Progress Report 2021 to learn more about our commitment to Indigenous customers, colleagues and communities.

Canada recognized the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021.  Learn more.

BMO is committed to progress for Indigenous peoples across three pillars that reflect the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) call to action for corporate Canada: education, employment and economic empowerment.

Indigenous Advisory Council
We are the first bank in Canada to have established an Indigenous Advisory Council comprised of First Nations, Métis and Inuit leaders from across Canada that guide and advise BMO on each of these three pillars.

Making tomorrow better
We believe that corporate social responsibility is about human connection and is a journey best travelled in partnership with our community partners. BMO has committed nearly $13.6 million in multi-year donations and pledges to Indigenous causes with more than half of that dedicated to Indigenous scholarships and bursaries for education. Other recent, notable contributions include Thompson Rivers University, The Minnie’s Hope Social Pediatric Centre, Indspire Scholarship, and St. Paul’s Foundation of Vancouver, BC. We also partnered with IAC members and Indigenous communities across Canada to provide PPE supplies to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit northern communities.

6th Gold-Level ranking for Progressive Aboriginal Relations
Our relationship with the Indigenous community runs deep. The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) has recognized BMO with gold-level Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) three-year certifications for our approach, which is closely aligned with the pillars of the PAR program: employment, business with Indigenous peoples, procurement and community investment. We are the only bank to have achieved this level six consecutive times.

Sharing Circle – BMO’s Enterprise Resource Group supporting Indigenous colleagues
BMO’s Sharing Circle Enterprise Resource Group cultivates a culture of inclusivity that allows us to learn from differences in ways that celebrate our people and grow our business. Founded in 2015, the Sharing Circle has grown to over 800 employees from across Canada who advocate for Indigenous issues with a membership comprised of Indigenous employees and allies.


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Education

We are committed to advancing reconciliation through education.

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An Indigenous BMO employee

Employment

We are committed to hiring, developing and retaining Indigenous peoples at BMO.

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A BMO banker speaking with an Indigenous client

Economic empowerment

We are committed to for the economic empowerment of Indigenous communities nationwide.

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Truth and Reconciliation

Reflect on the history, legacy and impact of Residential Schools and the Calls to Action we must all take to repair the damage done

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Tamara Littlelight, BMO Branch Manager, Buffalo Run, Tsuut’ina Nation, AB

Wîcihitowin: Indigenous Partnerships and Progress Report

Read about BMO’s commitments to the Indigenous community.

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