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BMO supports Manitoba’s Ka Ni Kanichihk

Rendering of Ka-Ni-Kanichihk Home for Reconciliation in Winnipeg, Manitoba (CNW Group/BMO Financial Group)

BMO Financial Group (BMO), in recognition of National Indigenous History Month, announced $800,000 in funding for three Indigenous-led organizations on June 15 – including Winnipeg’s Ka Ni Kanichihk. 

Ka Ni Kanichihk is focused on providing “Indigenous- led education, mentorship, job-skills training, prevention and intervention programs that support participants to heal, thrive and become leaders.” The funding from BMO will support the organization’s Home for Reconciliation capital expansion project. The $8 million project, when complete, will allow Ka Ni Kanichihk to double its current programming capacity, allowing at least 3,000 Indigenous Manitobans to participate annually.

“Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to BMO for their invaluable contribution to building a community that celebrates diversity, ensures inclusivity and offers equitable opportunities,” said Dodie Jordaan, executive director, Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. “Their support will create the infrastructure to empower Indigenous communities in Winnipeg and the region, fostering a brighter future for all.”

In addition to Ka Ni Kanichihk, Teach For Canada–Gakinaamaage and Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, Ont. will also receive funding.

“Since 1992, BMO has built a strong presence with deep roots in hundreds of Indigenous communities across Canada, and we value the tremendous trust placed in us as we make progress together toward a brighter future,” said Mike Bonner, head, Canadian business banking, and co-chair, BMO Indigenous Advisory Council. “While our commitment to Indigenous customers and communities is part of how we do business every day, each year we welcome the opportunity to mark National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day in meaningful ways through our support of key initiatives and by continuing to innovate to serve Indigenous colleagues, customers and communities.”



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