Financial Wellness: A Program for Financial Management

Culturally relevant. Strengths-based. Financial wellness education is the first step toward lifelong economic empowerment for Indigenous youth and adults.

The Martin Family Initiative (MFI) partnered with Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI) in Treaty Three in Northwestern Ontario and the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) to develop a financial literacy course. The course strengthens knowledge, skills, and the confidence to manage personal finances that build financial well-being for Indigenous families.

The Course

Designed for Indigenous youth and adults, the course topics include income and expenses, budgeting, banking, and credit and debt management. The Indigenous-focused materials include a resource binder for the instructors and a workbook for the participants. The non-credit course is written in plain language and includes case studies of real-life scenarios, financial vocabulary, role-playing, group discussions, self-reflection, and calls to action related to money management. The instructors and their managers must attend a one-day training session prior to teaching the course.