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advances Reconciliation.

A focus on trust and reciprocity.

A commitment to Reconciliation.
As a financial institution, Reconciliation means creating equitable access to financial services and capital.

Partnerships that go beyond transactional banking services.
It's how Vancity made the precedent-setting lending decision in 2008, and became the first financial in Canada, to qualify Indigenous Nations as governments.

An Indigenous-centred financial wellbeing looks like:

Vancity invests in the Indigenous economy:

A founding partner of Indigenous Prosperity Centre (IPC), an Indigenous-led economic development initiative in Victoria, BC.

One of the first to invest in Raven Indigenous Capital Partners, Canada’s first purpose-driven Indigenous venture capital firm investing in revitalizing the Indigenous economy.

Two-time sponsor and guest judge on APTN’s Bear’s Lair, a business competition TV show to support Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Indigenous entrepreneur loan

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Affordable, climate-ready homes.

Vancity offers a variety of solutions for Indigenous members to build, renovate or buy a home:

  • First Nation Market Housing Fund program
  • Self-leased land program mortgages
  • Ministerial Loan Guarantee Program
  • Specialized mortgage programs with Nation- guarantees

Energy efficient homes reduce costs for the homeowner and create more resilient communities to face extreme weather events. It's why Vancity piloted a home retrofit program in 2023 in partnership with the Musqueam,‘Namgis and Heiltsuk Nations, resulting in energy retrofits for 186 Indigenous homes.

Commitment to Reconciliation.

Reconciliation is one of Vancity’s core organizational values. Our commitment to the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) certification program marks the latest phase in our ongoing journey.

This builds on steps we've taken, such as being a founding partner of Reconciliation Canada, adopting the call to action for businesses from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and adopting the UN Declaration of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Email us at indigenous_partnerships@vancity.com​ to connect about our Indigenous partnerships and programs.

Our journey.

2009

Vancity is the first credit union in Canada to participate in the First Nations Market Housing Fund, which facilitates and broadens the range of housing options for residents of First Nations communities.

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2012

Vancity becomes a founding partner of Reconciliation Canada in support of Indigenous communities and the process of reconciliation.

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2015

Vancity opens the Cormorant Island Community Branch; a partnership with the ‘Namgis First Nation and the Village of Alert Bay.

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2016

Reconciliation becomes a core value at Vancity, with a commitment to ensure equitable access to opportunities and build meaningful relationships with Indigenous partners.

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2021

Vancity becomes a founding partner of the Indigenous Prosperity Centre (IPC), an Indigenous-led economic development branch of the South Island Prosperity Partnership.

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2021

Vancity Community Investment Bank partners with the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation to refinance the second-largest wind farm in Ontario.

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2022

Created with guidance from Elders and our Indigenous colleagues, Vancity develops Wealth Mindset - an Indigenous taught and led financial education workshop that builds financial skills and celebrates Indigenous resilience.

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2022

Vancity commits to the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) certification program by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

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