The Many Nations Story

A strong desire to bring about change and to protect the future of aboriginal people led to the inception of Many Nations Benefit Co-operative, a member-run financial services organization tailored to meet the needs of aboriginal communities. Many Nations came into being as a result of dedicated leadership and a strong vision.

The vision began almost 20 years ago in Onion Lake, Saskatchewan, when they exercised their right to self-determination by taking direct control of their education system. The Director of Education for Onion Lake at that time, Joe Carter, believed that, “There had to be a way to provide aboriginal organizations and their employees with affordable and culturally appropriate group benefits, including pensions.”

The solution was to create a pension plan that specifically addressed the needs of First Nations employees. This was an innovative idea and was soon adopted. The efforts of an inspired network of leaders and business professionals resulted in the creation of Many Nations Benefit Co-operative. Joe Carter became the first Chairperson and continues to be actively involved as a board member.

Many Nations Benefit Co-operative developed and implemented its wholly owned brokerage subsidiary, Many Nations Financial Services. Many Nations represents the buying power of First Nations communities and organizations through the economic strength of its national client base.

Many Nations is not only dedicated to providing the best possible pensions and group benefits; it also represents your voice, your community and a common vision of self-determination.