Put your money where it

advances Reconciliation.

Creating access to financial services for everyone is core to who we are as a credit union.

Systemic discrimination has resulted in a lack of historical relationships between banking institutions and Indigenous communities. This has created an unequal distribution of capital, resources and positions in society.  

Commitment to Reconciliation.

Reconciliation is a core value for Vancity and we’re a proud founding partner of Reconciliation Canada. We are committed to the calls to action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission directed at the business sector, including adopting the principles, norms and standards of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Partnership beyond transactions.

Our partnerships with First Nation communities are based in recognition of their right to self-determination, including the inherent right of self-government. We listen to understand how Vancity can support Indigenous communities. We don’t always have the answer, but we bring together those that do. We believe this is an approach that helps build community strength, resilience, and nurtures a true long-term partnership.

When the 'Namgis Nation told us they needed local access to financial services, we opened a Vancity branch in the village of Alert Bay to meet this need, the first remote community branch in Canada. When the Heiltsuk people wanted to build the Heiltsuk Horizon Maritime Services in Bella Bella so they can directly benefit from marine and economic activities within their territory, we provided fair financing and specialized business advice. Vancity worked with two First Nations partners, Tsawwassen and Skowkale, to create tailored mortgage solutions to the Nation’s land ownership arrangements.

Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses.

Indigenous economies existed before there was Canada. Indigenous entrepreneurship is — and will continue to be — a driving force of the country’s economy.  

Canada’s legacy of discrimination continues to create barriers for Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses. Vancity works to address these systemic barriers and develop fair access to finance for all.

Vancity works with organizations like:  

  • Canadian Centre for Aboriginal Entrepreneurship for microfinancing start-up lending that is based on the merit of the business idea and plan, the character of the entrepreneur, and the support network surrounding them;  
  • Stó:lo Community Futures for business support services, including business advisory, loans and training/workshop programs, to current and aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs and Stó:lō Community-owned businesses in S'ólh Téméxw; and  
  • Raven Capital Indigenous Impact Fund, Canada’s first Indigenous-led and -owned investment firm and this fund provides access to a pool of capital designed specifically for Indigenous entrepreneurs to help grow the Indigenous economy.

Vancity supports Indigenous education programs like Simon Fraser University’s Executive MBA in Indigenous Business and Leadership program, as well as UBC Sauder School of Business Ch’nook program.  

We work in partnership with Native Education College (NEC) to deliver our small business financial literacy program, and provide small business mentorship and advice.

In 2021, over $1.3MM in Shared Success funds (the share of our net profits reinvested in community) were invested in Indigenous initiatives like the Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School, Stewards of Sc’ianew Society, and Bears’ Lair TV series for Indigenous Entrepreneurs.

Real people, real stories.

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