Indigenous Markets


CIBC is dedicated to providing tailored and accessible financial services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis clients in Canada. Our experienced frontline staff and Indigenous Markets Team will work with you to bring services and solutions that meet the changing and diverse needs of your Nation and its members and citizens.

In addition to offering banking and financial expertise, we also take an active role in partnering with our Indigenous clients at the national and local levels. Our partnerships help us better understand the specific needs of our Indigenous clients, placing us in a better position to find the right solutions for your unique needs.

Banking solutions 

We work closely with Indigenous communities to deliver products and services that help members and citizens, Nations and businesses succeed. We are experienced in meeting the banking needs of Indigenous clients and have a team of experts ready to help you find smart solutions to meet your financial goals. As well, CIBC's accessible banking services include on-reserve CIBC Banking Centres.

Flexibility to fit your Indigenous Commercial Banking needs

Working with Indigenous clients, CIBC has developed specialized, flexible and customized solutions to address specific financial needs, both on- and off-reserve.

Everyday banking is easy and convenient with CIBC.

Manage your personal and business finances and stay in control of your cash flow while on the go with a range of flexible account options. You can access your account information anytime with quick and easy-to-use Mobile Banking services Opens a new window in your browser., Online Banking and Telephone Banking to stay on top of your finances.

Indigenous Trust Services designed especially for you

We understand each Indigenous community has unique needs. Our dedicated Indigenous Trust Services Team will work with you to develop a customized and tailored wealth strategy that reflects your Nation’s culture, customs and traditions, as well as your financial goals and objectives. The Indigenous Trust Services Team offers top-tier, hands-on service by merging our expertise, cultural awareness, and passion with over 30 years of Indigenous Trust experience to serve our clients.

Whether you are seeking advice on trust development, trust governance, investment and monitoring trust-related payments or maintenance of records and reporting, our team is here to help.


Investment management for Indigenous communities

CIBC Asset Management is committed to providing high-quality investment management services to Indigenous communities by proposing customized solutions to suit our clients’ needs through a wide range of investment offerings. We work in partnership with Chief and Council, trustees and community members to manage assets with respect to culture, beliefs and values.

Our partnership model can create a significant impact through building long-term relationships, offering financial expertise, and transferring knowledge with community leaders and members to improve financial prosperity.

Discover how your community can benefit by partnering with CIBC Asset Management.

Our commitment to Reconciliation

First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples are important stakeholders in the work we do at CIBC. Indigenous peoples have made, and continue to make, extensive contributions to our country through culture, traditions, laws and institutions.

Reconciliation requires establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. For CIBC, reconciliation is about reinforcing inclusion as the cornerstone of our bank’s culture while responding to Call to Action #92 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. We’ve built a reconciliation framework to help accelerate our progress.

Learn more about CIBC’s commitment to Reconciliation and Indigenous inclusion.

Commitment to Indigenous Education and Prosperity

The key to successful financial management is financial know-how and careful planning. CIBC has developed a tailored suite of Indigenous Financial Literacy programs designed to meet the financial education needs of Indigenous governments, members, citizens, communities and businesses.

Designed to address real life issues, concerns and goals, our financial literacy programs will give you the information, tools and resources you need to help you plan for a healthy and successful financial future. 

Housing solutions designed for you

CIBC has designed residential housing programs for eligible Indigenous communities and their citizens. Your CIBC advisor will work with you to identify the right housing solution to help meet your needs.

Commitment to Indigenous peoples

At CIBC, we go beyond traditional banking, demonstrating our commitment to Indigenous peoples, Nations and organizations through active memberships, corporate donations and sponsorships. We are actively involved in national and community-based programs. CIBC provides over $1 million annually to support the next generation of leaders and changemakers from Indigenous communities, including academic bursaries and scholarships.


CIBC is a proud, active Patron Member of the CCAB. CCAB’s mission is to foster sustainable business relations between First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, and Canadian businesses. CIBC is currently enrolled in CCAB’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) certification program at the Committed level.

National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association (NATOA) Opens in a new window.

CIBC is a proud, active Gold Member of NATOA. NATOA is a charitable organization, and is committed to providing Indigenous peoples of Canada with the resources and information that will help them efficiently create, manage and operate trusts as a means to ensure that the seven generations yet unborn can benefit from the goals and dreams of the present generation.


Teach For Canada Opens in a new window.

Teach For Canada is a non-profit organization that works with northern First Nations to recruit, prepare and support committed teachers.

Connected North Opens in a new window.

Through the CIBC STEM Learning Fund, Connected North serves over 20,000 K-12 students across remote Indigenous communities to enable them to access interactive and live learning experiences to enhance student engagement and learning outcomes.


Right to Play Opens in a new window.

For more than 10 years, Right To Play’s (RTP) Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program has partnered with Indigenous communities and organizations to train locally-hired Community Mentors (CM) to deliver weekly play-based programs that promote healthy living, healthy relationships, education and employability life-skills. CIBC supports Upskill and Certify Indigenous Child and Youth Practitioners: To empower Indigenous Youth with essential life and employability skills so they can improve their learning and employment opportunities.


National Indigenous Economic Education Fund  Opens in a new window.

Strengthens Indigenous economies by providing programs and services to Economic Development Officers. CIBC supports their scholarships, mentorship, financial education and Economic Development Youth Summit to help youth achieve their ambitions.


Indspire Opens in a new window.

Indspire is a national Indigenous-led charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of individuals, families, communities, and Canada. Since 1994, we have contributed more than $8 million to Indigenous education through Indspire.

CIBC is proud to partner with Indspire to support the educational goals of Indigenous people through the sponsorship of Indspire’s academic bursaries and scholarships. At CIBC, we believe the first step to attaining your financial goals, is attaining your educational aspirations and we are committed to supporting higher learning for all Canadians.

CIBC has provided scholarship support to Indigenous students across Canada. Recent support includes students enrolled at the following Universities:

  • Nipissing University
  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine
  • Queen’s University 
  • Simon Fraser University
  • St. Thomas University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Manitoba
  • Mount Allison University
  • Yukon University
  • Ottawa University

Key benefits

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Indigenous Markets Team

Our specialized Indigenous Markets Team is dedicated to serving the needs of Indigenous Nations, trusts and businesses. The team, many of whom are Indigenous, brings decades of financial expertise to serving Indigenous clients. The Indigenous Markets team partners with our in-house experts to provide you with smart solutions to meet all of your financial needs.

Jaimie is the Senior Vice-President of CIBC’s Indigenous Markets team. With twelve years of experience servicing Indigenous clients in the legal market, Jaimie joined CIBC in 2020. She leads our Indigenous Trust Services and Indigenous Lending teams, and advises on retail banking for Indigenous clients. Jaimie brings both personal and professional knowledge to our mission to provide accessible and innovative banking solutions for our Indigenous clients. She also works closely with our Diversity and Inclusion team at CIBC to ensure positive banking experiences for all of our clients. Jaimie is Onondaga and a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River.

Linda Hartford

Linda Hartford
Executive Director, Indigenous Trust Services
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Linda Hartford joined CIBC’s Indigenous Markets team in 2017 with in-depth expertise and over 14 years of experience in Indigenous Trust services. Linda has developed her expertise by working closely with clients as they develop, implement and manage their Trusts and Community plans.

Linda has a track record of engaging communities and developing relationships. Her approach supports the successful establishment, management and utilization of wealth for reconciliation, healing and the general betterment of First Nation communities. Linda understands that a Nation’s trust has the potential to drive economic self-sufficiency and prosperity. She takes pride in and enjoys supporting that potential in a tangible way. Linda is also a respected presenter on the topics of First Nation trusts and finance. She is regularly invited to speak at various Indigenous conferences and workshops as an expert. Linda lives, works and plays in the unceded territory of the Lekwungen.

CIBC Banking on or near reserves

Bank with us how you want, when you want with accessible banking solutions. Through our nationwide branch network, located in urban and rural centres across Canada, we can meet all your banking needs when you need it most. We also have on-reserve banking centres in the following locations:

  • Westbank Banking Centre (Kelowna, BC)
  • Park Royal (West Vancouver, BC)
  • LaRonge (Sooneyawikumik Banking Centre, SK)