Indigenous Peoples

We are dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace that provides support and opportunities for every future.

Advancing Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

As a leading bank in the Americas, Scotiabank continues to create a diverse workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We continue to grow our partnerships with Indigenous communities across Canada and value the unique perspective that our Indigenous employees provide to strengthening these relationships.

Our Indigenous Hiring Program has been designed to ensure applicants have a customized recruitment experience that provides additional support and insight to what life is like as a Scotiabanker. We strive to match candidates like you, with positions that provide opportunities for growth and reflect your business interests. Through this program, we put emphasis on removing barriers to ensure you can feel confident in pursuing your career at Scotiabank.

This program does not end at your recruitment experience! Upon acceptance of your position within Scotiabank, you will be welcomed to the Scotiabank’s Indigenous community and will have the opportunity to connect with other First Nations, Inuit and Metis Scotiabankers and their allies. 

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Join our Indigenous Peoples Talent Community

While this process is customized for applicants that self-identify as First Nations, Inuit and/or Metis, self-identification is completely voluntary. We understand that many people are at different points of their cultural journey and we welcome all who feel comfortable to highlight their identity to our team. 
Our goal with this program is to find the right career path for you, based on your area of interest and skills.

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What brings people here?  Well for starters, a positive, passionate, performance-driven culture, opportunities for growth, and the forward-thinking values of a global organization.

What is it like to work here?

It’s our goal to empower every future by creating a workplace where everyone can perform at their very best. We attract and develop the very best diverse talent and build an environment where employees can thrive and belong.


Senior Consultant - 
Talent Acquisition

“ I recently joined Scotiabank. What I appreciated most throughout the recruitment process was that the recruiter and management with whom I interviewed didn’t need to be convinced of my value and were genuinely interested in learning more about me. I am passionate about Indigenous representation and mending relationships between all Treaty Peoples, and I feel empowered by my team and management to foster that passion with Scotiabank. I know that with more Indigenous voices at the proverbial table, we will influence a better future for the next 7 generations and I am proud to be a part of this future for the Bank.”


Senior Manager, Inclusion for Indigenous Peoples - Campus Program

" Without the support of my community, I would have never brought my authentic self into everything I have done or connected with so many others who have had similar experiences. So, when I learned about the development of our new Indigenous Peoples Development Program, SOAR, I couldn't have been more excited to join a bank supportive of my culture. Throughout my time here, my team, my coworkers, and our leaders have consistently supported my work and let me be one of the voices for our communities. I am grateful for a workplace that has helped me champion change in everything I do.”


Director -
Social Impact

" It is no secret that banks have had a historically exclusionary relationship with Indigenous Peoples.  Today, Scotiabank is a true ally of First Nation, Metis and Inuit employees, customers and communities.  From day one of my employment, I have witnessed how Scotiabank consistently celebrates and honours the diverse perspectives of Indigenous talent. Real, sustainable change always begins from within and Scotiabank lives this truth by creating a safe and prosperous environment for Indigenous talent to thrive."

How we’re driving for equality for every future

Scotiabank’s inclusive culture provides an environment where diverse people feel a sense of belonging. We’re stronger together – for our employees and for our customers around the world!

Learn about the Canada Indigenous ERG at Scotiabank

We spoke with some ERG members who informed us about their purpose and recent developments.

Indigenous Peoples
Development Program


A development program designed exclusively for Indigenous Peoples completing postsecondary education. It provides coach-supported opportunities to learn, practice, and apply the skills required to succeed at Scotiabank.

Self-identity has an important role


How working for Scotiabank has enabled Jessica McKenzie to have a deeper connection to her First Nations heritage

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