History

Who We Are

Welcome to NADF - your trusted partner in Indigenous business and economic growth since 1987.

As a not-for-profit Indigenous Financial Institution, we are dedicated to serving entrepreneurs, businesses, and First Nation communities across the region. Our wide range of services is tailored to support Indigenous business growth and economic prosperity. From providing tailored financing solutions to offering comprehensive business support services, facilitating community planning initiatives, and delivering workshops and bookkeeping training, our goal is to empower your success.

Whether you are seeking funding to kickstart you business venture, assistance in building community capacity, or professional business advice, NADF is here to help you every step of the way. Let us help you prosper and make your business dreams a reality.


Our Mission Statement

To advance the well being of Indigenous People in Northern Ontario through business and economic development.

Our Vision

Indigenous Prosperity


NADF History

NADF was incorporated in 1984 and officially established in 1987.  Today, we support Indigenous business and economic development in the territories of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (Treaty 9 and Treaty 5), the north shore of Robinson-Superior 1850, and Grand Council Treaty 3.

Key Milestones

2023

2021

    • NADF celebrates $50M loans disbursed.

2018

2017

  • NADF celebrates 30th Anniversary

2016

  • NADF begins offering commercial mortgages and micro-loans

2015

  • $2.5M Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs funding for a 3-year project under the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund to support business and community economic development

2014

  • $4.4M Fednor funding for a 3-year project to enhance NADF's programs and services to support business development and opportunities related to mining development, particularly the Ring of Fire
  • NADF begins administering the Aboriginal Business Contribution Program (formerly Aboriginal Business Canada program)

2013

  • Brian Davey hired as Executive Director

2010

  • NADF hosts 20th Annual Business Awards in Thunder Bay

2007

  • NADF hosts the 1st Annual "Fairways for the Future Charity Golf Classic"

2004

  • Aboriginal Financial Institutions across Canada, including NADF, reach the $1 billion milestone for total loans disbursed

2002

  • Fednor designates NADF as a Community Futures Development Corporation to provide business counselling, investment and community strategic planning services

1997

  • NADF's wholly-owned subsidiary, Neegani Investment Management Inc. is established to provide equity and conventional financing of up to $1M

1994

  • NADF opens a sub-office in Timmins, ON

1993

  • Harvey Yesno hired as President/CEO
  • NADF partners with Industry Canada and is designated an External Delivery Office to deliver the programs and services of the Aboriginal Business Canada program

1992

  • Industry Canada tops up NADF's loan fund with an additional $1.5M

1991

  • NADF hosts 1st Annual NADF Awards to celebrate Aboriginal business
  • Direct Loans Program introduced, allowing NADF to administer term, bridge and youth loans.

1989

  • Dennis Franklin Cromarty hired as President/CEO

1987

  • NADF receives $7M in capitalization from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
  • NADF host grand opening on the Fort William First Nation on November 19th
  • Loan Guarantee Program established in partnership with CIBC and the Bank of Nova Scotia to increase loan maximum to $250,000 for the Nishnawbe Aski Nation membership

1986

  • Bentley Cheechoo hired as NADF's first President/CEO

1984

  • Nishnawbe Aski Nation Chief's Resolution passed mandating the establishment of NADF
  • NADF incorporated October 22nd