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Happy Anniversary Whitehorse
July 3, 2018

Congratulations to our staff at the Whitehorse branch who celebrate their 11th anniversary in July.


Agreement signed between First Nations Bank of Canada and Arctic Co-operatives Limited.
June 11, 2018

First Nations Bank of Canada (FNBC/Bank) and Arctic Co-operatives Limited (Arctic Co-ops) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at improving and expanding financial services for residents in Canada’s North.  For additional details please click here.


Happy Anniversary Chisasibi and Iqaluit
June 1, 2018

Congratulations to our staff at the Chisasibi branch who celebrate their 20th anniversary in June.  As well, congratulations to our staff at the Iqaluit branch who celebrate their 8th anniversary in June.


Happy Anniversary Walpole Island
May 1, 2018

Congratulations to our staff at the Walpole Island branch who celebrate their 19th anniversary in May.


Chisasibi Branch Relocates
April 25, 2018

Our Chisasibi branch has moved into a newly renovated premise in the Commercial Centre in Chisasibi providing us with a larger space to serve the members of Chisasibi.  We have removed our ATM from our old location and installed a new ATM in the Commercial Centre location.  Please drop by and check out our new location.  Our phone numbers remain unchanged.


Happy Anniversary Winnipeg and Baker Lake
March 1, 2018

Congratulations to our staff at the Winnipeg branch who celebrate their 15th anniversary in March. As well, congratulations to our staff at the Baker Lake Community Banking Centre who celebrate their 4th anniversary in March.


Congratulations to Fred Koe
January 24, 2018

The Bank congratulates Frederick E. Koe, Director of First Nations Bank of Canada, on being conferred the title of Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Northwest Territories and Nunavut in recognition of his service to the Society of Management Accountants of Northwest Territories and Nunavut, to the Accounting Profession, and to his Community.


Wall Mural Completed in Saskatoon
January 19, 2018

The wall mural in Saskatoon has been completed by Jarus, a Regina artist. It depicts a mother and father holding their child. A red ribbon in the painting commemorates missing and murdered Indigenous women, and the blue at the bottom represents the struggle that some First Nations have had with their water supplies.


First Nations Bank of Canada Report to Shareholders - Fiscal 2017 Results
January 10, 2018

First Nations Bank of Canada reported net income for the year ended October 31, 2017 of $1.207 million, a 72% increase over last year. This increase was due to growth in total assets and an increase in the rates of interest realized on earning assets, by end of fiscal 2017. Click here to read the commentary on our year end performance. For our full audited financial statements please click here.


Globe and Mail Article
December 20, 2017

Can the First Nations poverty trap be broken? Click Here to read the Globe and Mail article by Keith Martell and Adam Spence.


Happy Anniversary Meadow Lake
December 6, 2017

Congratulations to our staff at the Meadow Lake branch who celebrate their 9th anniversary in December.


The NIB Trust Announces Mr. Keith Martell, First Nations Bank of Canada CEO, as New Trust Fund Chair
November 23, 2017

(OTTAWA, ON – November 21, 2017): The National Indian Brotherhood (NIB) Trust Fund today announced that Mr. Keith Martell has been appointed as the new Trust Fund Chair. Mr. Martell was officially appointed on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at a meeting of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Executive Committee in Ottawa. Mr. Martell has long standing experience in the business world and is currently a Director and the Chief Executive Officer of First Nations Bank of Canada.

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said: “On behalf of the AFN Executive Committee, I welcome Mr. Martell in this new position as NIB Trust Fund Chair. We are pleased to welcome someone with the depth of experience and knowledge needed to continue the important, successful work of the NIB Trust Fund. We also want to lift up and thank outgoing NIB Trust Fund Chair, Phil Fontaine for his dedication and work in overseeing the Fund since December 2015. Mr. Fontaine was instrumental in achieving the landmark Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement that led to the establishment of the Fund. The NIB Trust Fund is an important legacy on behalf of all residential schools survivors for future generations.”

Mr. Martell graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985 with a Bachelor of Commerce and received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the same institution in 2016. After 10 years with KPMG he served the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (“FSIN”) as the Executive Director of Finance and Fiscal Relations from 1995 to 2000. Mr. Martell is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM). He is also a Director of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., and River Cree Enterprises GP Ltd. He is a trustee of the Primrose Lake Settlement Trust. He is a member of the Waterhen Lake First Nation and currently resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Mr. Keith Martell said: “I am proud to have been appointed to this important position and I look forward to working with the other Trustees in furthering the objectives of the NIB Trust Fund. With many of my family members having attended residential school, it has always been my objective to see how I could help and give back to those who have gone thru this difficult experience. Achieving justice and opportunity for survivors and their families will continue to be the main objective of the NIB Trust and will also guide my work with the Trust”.

The NIB Trust Fund allocates funds in accordance with the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the largest settlement agreement in Canadian history. The settlement agreement provided compensation to survivors for their experiences at residential schools. Funds are available to First Nation and Métis individuals, governments and organizations through a competitive application process.

For more information please contact:
Nicole Callihoo, MPA
NIB Trust Fund Executive Director
1-888-268-0520 Ext. 238
ncallihoo@nibtrust.ca


Happy Anniversary Yellowknife and Pond Inlet
October 5, 2017

Congratulations to our staff at the Yellowknife branch and the Pond Inlet Community Banking Centre who celebrate their 3rd anniversary in October.


Happy Anniversary Saskatoon
September 22, 2017

Happy 20th Anniversary to our Saskatoon branch, the first full service branch of First Nations Bank of Canada.


New Wall Mural in Saskatoon
August 30, 2017

A new wall mural is in the process of being painted on the Head Office building in Saskatoon. It will be a great addition to the city.


Happy Anniversary Kugluktuk
August 1, 2017

Congratulations to our staff at the Kugluktuk Community Banking Centre who celebrate their 2nd anniversary in August.


Happy Anniversary Whitehorse
July 4, 2017

Congratulations to our staff at the Whitehorse branch who celebrate their 10th anniversary in July.


National Aboriginal Day Message from the CEO of First Nations Bank
June 21, 2017

June 21st is National Aboriginal Day, a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples of Canada.  In recognition of this day, First Nations Banks CEO prepares an annual message.  Click here to read this year's National Aboriginal Day message.


New Retail Products
June 21, 2017

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new products to our suite of retail deposits.  The First Nations High Interest Savings and First Nations Non-Redeemable Term are deposit products created for our Status Indian customers wanting to open and maintain their savings deposits at one of our on reserve branches.  Please visit the following links for more information.
First Nations High Interest Savings Account
First Nations Non-Redeemable Term Deposit


Happy Anniversary Chisasibi and Iqaluit
June 5, 2017

Congratulations to our staff at the Chisasibi branch who celebrate their 19th anniversary in June. As well, congratulations to our staff at the Iqaluit branch, who celebrate their 7th anniversary in June.


Board of Directors Update
May 24, 2017

First Nations Bank of Canada welcomes Vivian Abdelmessih and Lucy Pelletier as the newest Directors of First Nations Bank of Canada. Vivian and Lucy were appointed to the Board on April 6, 2017 at the Bank’s Annual Shareholders Meeting, assuming the director vacancies of Audrey Ahenakew and David Morton who have retired from the Board after serving as Directors since 2010 and 2008, respectively.

First Nations Bank of Canada wishes to thank Ms. Ahenakew and Mr. Morton for their commitment, leadership and expertise which aided the Bank in the continuance of its Vision as The Aboriginal Bank. First Nations Bank of Canada wishes both Ms. Ahenakew and Mr. Morton all the best in their future endeavours.

For more information on all the Directors of the Bank, please visit the bio section located in the 'Board of Directors' link under the 'About Us' tab.


Happy Anniversary Walpole Island
May 1, 2017

Congratulations to our staff at the Walpole Island branch who celebrate their 18th anniversary in May.


Happy Anniversary Winnipeg and Baker Lake
March 1, 2017

Congratulations to our staff at the Winnipeg branch who celebrate their 14th anniversary in March. As well, congratulations to our staff at the Baker Lake Community Banking Centre who celebrate their 3rd anniversary in March.


Happy Anniversary Meadow Lake
December 1, 2016

Congratulations to our staff at the Meadow Lake branch who celebrate their 8th anniversary in December.


Happy Anniversary Yellowknife and Pond Inlet
October 3, 2016

Congratulations to our staff at the Yellowknife branch and the Pond Inlet community banking centre who celebrate their 2nd anniversary in October.


Happy Anniversary Saskatoon
September 1, 2016

Congratulations to our staff at the Saskatoon branch who celebrate their 19th anniversary in September.


Happy Anniversary Kugluktuk
August 2, 2016

Congratulations to our staff at the Kugluktuk community banking centre who celebrate their 1st anniversary in August.

Interac® Online
July 28, 2016

First Nations Bank is pleased to announce the availability of Interac® Online Payments to make your online shopping experience more convenient. Please visit the following link for merchants accepting Interac® Online payments.
http://interac.ca/en/online-merchant-locator.html


Happy Anniversary Whitehorse
July 4, 2016

Congratulations to our staff at the Whitehorse branch who celebrate their 9th anniversary in July.


Congratulations to Fred Koe
June 20, 2016

First Nations Bank of Canada would like to congratulate Fred Koe, a member of our Board of Directors, on his successful completion of the ICD-Rotman Director Education Program. This leading program for directors, enhances Fred's already significant capacity to serve the shareholders of our Bank and is consistent with our commitment to good governance.
Congratulations Fred! Click here for further details.


Congratulations to Fred Carmichael
June 10, 2016

Our congratulations to Fred Carmichael ‎on his induction into the Canada Aviation Hall of Fame, which was formally celebrated at a dinner in Ottawa on June 9, 2016. Fred is a former leader of the G'wichin Tribal Council in the Northwest Territories, a shareholder of the First Nations Bank of Canada. Click here for more details.


Happy Anniversary Chisasibi, Nemaska, and Iqaluit
June 1, 2016

Congratulations to our staff at the Chisasibi branch who celebrate their 18th anniversary in June.
Congratulations to the staff at the Nemaska community banking centre who celebrate their 13th anniversary in June.
Congratulations to our staff at the Iqaluit branch who celebrate their 6th anniversary in June.


Congratulations to FNBC CEO Keith Martell
May 31, 2016

FNBC CEO Keith Martell will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws on June 1, 2016 from the University of Saskatchewan.
Visit http://words.usask.ca/news/2016/05/16/u-of-s-spotlights-aboriginal-business-leader/ for details.


Happy Anniversary Walpole Island
May 2, 2016

Congratulations to our staff at the Walpole Island branch who celebrate their 17th anniversary in May.


Happy Anniversary Winnipeg and Baker Lake
March 23, 2016

Congratulations to our staff at the Winnipeg branch who celebrated their 13th anniversary in March. As well, congratulations to our staff at the Baker Lake Community Banking Centre who celebrated their 2nd anniversary in March.


FNBC La Loche Community School Support Effort Update
March 16, 2016

With your help First Nations Bank has raised over $16,000 to be donated to the La Loche Community School to be used to upgrade athletic equipment and facilities at La Loche Community School – a priority identified by community leaders. We are confident that this contribution will help La Loche recover from this heart-breaking tragedy.
Please click here for the February 1, 2016 press release.


FNBC La Loche Community School Support Effort Update
February 26, 2016

First Nations Bank of Canada has extended the donation deadline for the La Loche Community School Support Effort to March 15, 2016. Total donations to date are $12,795.39. Thanks for your continued support of this very worthwhile cause.
Please click here for the February 1, 2016 press release.


FNBC Joins THE EXCHANGE® Network
February 25, 2016

First Nations Bank is pleased to announce that we are now a member of THE EXCHANGE® Network, which will provide our customers with access to over 3,300 ATMs across Canada without having to pay a surcharge from the other Financial Institution.  Download THE EXCHANGE® ATM locater app or visit our ATM Locater Page for further details.


Keith Martell Talks With CBC News
February 25, 2016

Keith Martell, CEO of First Nations Bank, talks with CBC News on Navigating money-sharing in First Nation communities. Click here to read the full article.


FNBC Launches La Loche Community School Support Effort
February 2, 2016

First Nations Bank of Canada today announced that it will collect donations at its branches across Canada in support of the residents and families of La Loche, Saskatchewan following the tragic events of January 22, 2016. Click here to view the full press release.


New Website
January 19, 2016

Welcome to our new and improved website!! This new site is now directly integrated with our online banking and will allow you to move from online banking back to our website without having to sign back in. We hope you like the new look and feel of our website and the improved functionality it brings. Please take some time to explore our new site and get information on all of our new products and services.


MasterCard® Credit Cards Now Available
January 19, 2016

First Nations Bank of Canada is pleased to offer our own First Nations Bank line up of MasterCard® products effective January 2016. Whether you are a student, frequent traveler or someone who just wants a break on your interest rate we have a card for you. Please visit our branches or website for more details on the card offerings we have available and then apply at the branch or through our website.


Congratulations Meadow Lake Branch

Congratulations to our staff at the Meadow Lake, SK branch (located on the Flying Dust Reserve) who celebrated their seven year anniversary on December 15, 2015. Our Meadow Lake branch was the sixth branch First Nations Bank opened and the second in Saskatchewan. The Flying Dust First Nation and a number of surrounding communities are strong supporters of our Bank and we look forward to a long lasting relationship.

The staff and management look forward to serving new and existing customers in 2016 and would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Holiday season.