Five Indigenous Financial Literacy Resources
Date posted: November 7, 2018
The financial literacy challenges of Indigenous individuals and communities are complicated by cultural and structural barriers. (Collin, 2011) Here are five resources that have been developed to support Indigenous financial literacy:
- Financial Health and Wealth is a new publication from the Native Women’s Association of Canada. While NWAC focuses on the lives of Indigenous women and children, it recognizes that the financial wellness of all Indigenous peoples is essential to achieving an independent and healthy life. This toolkit is intended for all Indigenous peoples.
- First Nations Financial Fitness is a made-in-BC website, developed by the Indigenous Financial Literacy Committee in BC. Much of the website is based on information from the First Nations Financial Fitness Handbook developed by the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of BC.
- It’s All About the Money is a student workbook from a financial literacy pilot project developed by the Native Women’s Association of Canada. It covers personal relationship to money, credit, managing money, savings and investment, application of learning, and reflection. Interesting ideas for interactive learning activities are included.
- The Game Plan is a graphic novel from the Healthy Aboriginal Network that tells the story of Jake who runs into financial problems when he uses a payday loan to pay off his credit card. He learns about budgets, interest, fees and penalties.
- Money Matters for Indigenous Peoples from ABC Life Literacy Canada is an adaptation of their original Money Matters introductory financial literacy curriculum. The four workbooks cover Budgeting and Spending Plans, Banking Basics, Credit and Borrowing, and Saving and RESPs. The workbooks can be downloaded for free. If you host a workshop, print workbooks are provided along with an honorarium for each workshop.
Did you know that an Indigenous Financial Literacy Working Group was formed to assist in responding to the financial literacy needs of Indigenous Peoples? Read what the co-chair has to say in Bridging the gap between Indigenous education and financial literacy.