As a credit union, Affinity’s a co-operative financial institution. This means we’re owned by our members, and it also means we’re guided by seven principles shared by every co-op. These are:
- Voluntary and open membership – everyone’s welcome at Affinity. Each of our members helps make their community a better place to live and we appreciate every one of them.
- Democratic member control – we’re owned and controlled by our members. Each member has a voice in the way we do business – one member, one vote.
- Member economic participation – every member has a $5 share in Affinity, and they have a say in how we operate.
- Autonomy and independence – we get to know our members, their families, their businesses and their communities, and in partnership with them we make decisions in everyone’s best interest.
- Education, training and information – we provide education and training for our members, elected representatives and employees so they can contribute to the development of their credit union. We share knowledge through our website, workshops and at our branches.
- Co-operation among co-operatives – we co-operate with other co-operatives to build businesses that serve the needs of our members and their communities.
- Concern for community – we have a social and economic responsibility to build and maintain strong communities. It’s for the benefit of everyone!
Global Alliance for Banking on Values
We’re a member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) and that membership helps us take our values to the next level. We’re one of only three financial institutions in Canada who’ve been invited to join GABV. You really need to live your values to get on board so we’re honoured to be part of it.
We work with our GABV partners from across the globe make positive change to do good in the world. We focus on balancing the social needs of communities, protecting the environment and being financially sustainable.
Commitment to Indigenous Peoples
First Nations and Métis peoples are a key part of Saskatchewan’s vibrant social and economic fabric, and we’re committed to making a place for them at Affinity and in Canada generally.
Reconciliation among indigenous and non-indigenous peoples is hugely important for our whole country and it’s something we’re eagerly pursuing. We’re working to improve access to financial services for indigenous people, hiring a representative work force, educating our employees on the history of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in this country and building better understanding of each other among all of our communities in Saskatchewan.
Our Indigenous District presently represents our First Nations communities and is a unique and important piece of our governance structure. It exists to improve access to financial services and support indigenous individuals, families, businesses and their economic growth. It has the same powers and responsibilities as all the other districts and represents the voice of the indigenous people of Saskatchewan.
We have so many more similarities than differences – let’s use that common ground to build a better world!