Indigenous Initiatives

We’re honored to partner with and support Canadian Indigenous Peoples. See our latest initiatives and the difference our amazing partners are making!

Indigenous Initiatives

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Commitments

Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)

Innovation is a proud partner of CCDI. That means we believe all individuals should be treated with dignity, respect, and given equal opportunities and resources. Visit our Careers area to learn more.

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

We are committed to affirming and reaffirming the principals outlined in the UNDRIP. We invite you to learn more about the UNDRIP and the importance of recognizing the diversity and richness Indigenous peoples bring to our lives.



Calls to Action

Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada

To redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission created calls to action for our government. Our staff are trained in the importance of truth and reconciliation. We support these calls to action and invite you to read them to find ways to support them in your daily life.


Partnerships & Support

Indigenous Women's Empowerment Summit

We are honored to be a $10,000 Gathering Circle Sponsor at the Indigenous Women’s Empowerment Summit taking place March 9, 2024, in Saskatoon. This year’s theme is Transforming Trauma Into Triumph. 

Innovation a Member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB)

Innovation is now a member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). The CCAB is committed to promoting a prosperous Indigenous economy by fostering business relationships and opportunities for all its members.

We look forward to working with the council and our Indigenous partners to create a more inclusive and equitable future for all! 

Innovation Opening Advice Centre in La Loche, SK

Innovation - in partnership with the Town Council, community organizations, local Nations, and businesses in the area - is working to establish financial services in the northern village of La Loche.  

Île-à-la-Crosse Advice Centre/Branch Officially Open

The Innovation Île-à-la-Crosse advice centre/branch officially opened on November 15, 2023. The credit union in partnership with Île-à-la-Crosse Cooperative Association, has established financial services in the northern community of Île-à-la-Crosse.

Île-à-la-Crosse Cooperative Association

You'll soon be able to bank in-person with Innovation at Île-à-la-Crosse Cooperative Association! Learn more about the micro advice centre coming soon.

Île-à-la-Crosse Community Splash Park

We were honored to present $20,000 to Île-à-la-Crosse to help fund a community splash park. The park will be a safe water play area equipped with water jets, sprays, and tipping buckets designed for family fun.

Beauval Playground Expansion

We were thrilled to donate $12,000 to Beauval to help fund the expansion of their playground. It will provide more access to healthy physical activity for an estimated 450 people each year.

Innovation Indigenous Arts Partnership Project (IIAP)

We’re proud to partner with the Battlefords Big Brothers & Big Sisters to offer IIAP. This youth program supports Indigenous friends and neighbours learning more about art, culture, language, and history. As a token of gratitude for our involvement, youth from the project created a beautiful dreamcatcher that we have on display at our North Battleford advice centre.

Buffalo Narrows Support in Challenging Times

The Village of Buffalo Narrows and surrounding area was under a state of emergency in late May, faced with a mandatory evacuation order due to the proximity of forest fires. Learn more about how we rallied together to provide support.

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business hosted a networking event to connect with Indigenous business owners and learn about the dynamic and successful opportunities within Indigenous business communities. We were thrilled to attend this wonderful gathering.

Global First Nations Carbon Summit

We participated in and supported members to attend the Global First Nations Carbon Summit on October 3rd at Dakota Dunes. This summit is a platform for Indigenous Peoples' voices, fostering collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and innovative solutions in carbon. 

Saskatchewan Co-operative Association

We were a proud sponsor of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association's Treaty Learning Event in Saskatoon.  Attendees learned about the history of Indigenous Peoples, gained further understanding of Treaties and breaches of Treaties. We also learned about current Indigenous Peoples' circumstances such as Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, UNDRIP, and myths and misconceptions. 

Tokata HR Solutions Treaty 4 Gathering Career Fair

We were thrilled to participate in Tokata HR Solutions Treaty 4 Gathering Career Fair in Fort Qu'Appelle. We connected with students from across the Treaty 4 territory, encouraging them to consider Innovation as part of their career pathing.

Special Stories

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT)

Photos of Indigenous Peoples are difficult to find on stock photography sites.

To better reflect our population, and knowing the benefits of representation, we reached out to SIIT to see if their staff and students would help us with a photoshoot. In exchange, we invited interested participants to a marketing workshop on campus. What a fantastic day! 

Thanks to all participants and SIIT in Saskatoon, SK.



Innovation & Tokata HR Solutions Partnership

Innovation is a Signature Investor in Tokata HR Solutions’ Indigenous HR Strategy. The partnership perfectly aligns with our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, ensuring our workforce is representative of the communities we serve.

“We’re thrilled to work with such an innovative and progressive organization,” says Ian McArthur, Chief People & Governance Officer. “Our goal is to enrich and strengthen our credit union through sourcing Indigenous talent and building long-term careers. We can’t wait to learn from the professionals at Tokata and see the opportunities that unfold with this exciting partnership.”

Tokata HR Solutions is an Indigenous owned and operated business aimed to build and recruit talent for in-demand industries including banking. Tokata has developed HR solutions that utilize Indigenous thought, knowledge, and values.

As part of the partnership Innovation will educate, inform, mentor, and hire Indigenous people to create lifelong connections and opportunities. Tokata will in turn help their recruits find meaningful, fulfilling work in this important industry.



Ways to Bank

Your Credit Union on Wheels

If you see our Mobile Advice Centre (MAC) in town, be sure to stop by! It’s equipped with large interactive touch displays with video meeting capabilities, and an ATM for your cash needs. That means:

  • You can virtually meet with someone to help you with a loan or mortgage.
  • You can easily see how to online bank on the “big screen”.
  • You can take out cash from the ATM when you need to.

The MAC Story

MAC was created to deliver banking to communities that didn’t have any in-person services available to them.

“We want to empower our members to access banking any way they want, anywhere they want and any time they want,” says Dean Gagne, Innovation’s Chief Disruption Officer. “Virtually connecting members in rural or smaller communities with financial service representatives gives them the personal experience they would receive if they walked into a full-service branch.”


Digital Banking

You can bank with us right from your phone or computer! With online banking and our mobile banking app, you can:

  • Check your balance.
  • Make transfers.
  • Pay bills.
  • Deposit cheques.
  • Apply for loans.
  • Open accounts and investments.

Search “Innovation Federal Credit Union” at your favourite app store and give us a call at 1.866.446.7001 to get started!

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More Ways to Bank with Us

Call Us

Call us toll-free at 1.866.446.7001

Call centre hours
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 6pm

Email Us

Email us at webmail@innovationcu.ca.

One of our advisors will get back to you within one business day!

Visit Us

Stop by your nearest Innovation location, or to avoid possible waiting times, call us to book your personal appointment. We'd love to meet with you!

Want more financial advice?

Be sure to check out the Blog section of our website. You can read helpful articles for budgeting, borrowing, saving, and staying safe online. Here are just a few!