FNBC at a Glance

Our History

The founders of First Nations Bank of Canada had a vision to develop a federally-chartered bank serving Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people throughout Canada. The Bank was conceived and developed by Indigenous People, for Indigenous People and regards itself as an important step toward Indigenous economic self-sufficiency.

The strategic directive of the founding shareholders was to grow the Bank and increase Indigenous ownership to the point that the Bank would be controlled by a widely held group of Indigenous shareholders. Effective Nov 1, 2009 that objective became a reality and now the Bank is over 80% owned and controlled by Indigenous shareholders from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Quebec.

With the support of its Indigenous shareholders, the Bank has demonstrated consistent growth and profitability. Bank services are available through a network of full service branches (five on reserve), Community Banking Centres and electronic banking channels.


Received Bank Act charter in November

Saskatoon branch opened September

Opened second branch CHISASIBI, QC

Purchased TD Bank branch WALPOLE ISLAND, ON

Opened first Community Banking Centre BUFFALO RIVER DENE NATION, SK

Added new shareholders YT, MB AND QC (EQUITY INCREASE $3.1 MILLION)

Opened fourth full service bank WINNIPEG, MB Opened second Community Banking Centre CREE NATION OF NEMASKA, QC 

Opened fifth full service branch WHITEHORSE, YT Added new shareholders NU, NWT, YT, SK & QC (EQUITY INCREASE $14 MILLION) Entered into a 7 year Services Agreement with TD Bank

Opened sixth full service bank MEADOW LAKE, SK

Transfer of control of First Nations Bank to the Indigenous shareholders

Opened seventh full service branch in Iqaluit, Nunavut

Completed our transition to a completely independent Financial Institution

Opened eighth full service branch in Yellowknife NWT. Opened two new concept Community Banking Centres in Baker Lake, NU and Pond Inlet, NU.

Community Banking Centre opened in Kugluktuk, NU, August 18, 2015.

Community Banking Centre opened Pangnirtung, NU, November 7, 2018.

Opened ninth full service branch in Enoch Cree nation, May 1, 2019.
Opened Community Banking Centre in Arviat, NU, May 15, 2019.
Opened Community Banking Centre in Whapmagoostui, QC, July 30, 2019
Opened Community Banking Centre in Fort McPherson, NT, December 11, 2019