Aboriginal Financial Literacy Committee Working to Inform and Educate Through Unique Programming

Aboriginal Financial Literacy Committee Working to Inform and Educate Through Unique Programming

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Vancity is based in the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people. As a financial services co-operative, we work in partnership with First Nation government and Aboriginal not-for-profit organizations to help build stronger communities. Find out more.

VANCOUVER - June 2011 - The Aboriginal Financial Literacy Committee, a group of partners who work directly with Aboriginal youth and adults, have begun an exciting project aimed at developing tools to address the need to improve and build culturally sensitive financial literacy tools for Aboriginal clients.

The project is funded by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Vancouver City Savings Credit Union (Vancity) and the Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia and service provision is being provided through the Aboriginal Financial Officers of BC and the First Nations Technology Council.

Major tools being created as part of this project include a handbook and an Aboriginal Financial literacy website, both of which will be targeted at engaging Aboriginal clients in ways that are meaningful to them. While the development of both of those tools are still in their infancy, the Committee is excited about the project which has an end goal of enhancing Aboriginal children and youth transition into adulthood by providing them with financial literacy tools and skills so that they are better prepared when they reach the age of 19. The Committee also hopes to see Aboriginal adults benefit from tools and resources that may not have been previously available to them.

The Ministry of Children and Family Development, Urban Native Youth Association and Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society are providing additional partnership support for the project.

This group of private and public partners are committed to working together towards their common vision and goal of having a comprehensive, coordinated and holistic approach to improving children, youth and adults levels of financial literacy.

Look for further updates from the committee as the handbook and website project progress!


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