October 9, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
A new direct line of support is now available to assist Indigenous Peoples and communities
to access, with greater ease, Government agricultural programs and services.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) offers many programs and services available
to First Nations, Inuit and Métis who have projects or opportunities they would
like to pursue in the agriculture and food sector, including under the new Canadian
Agricultural Partnership - a five-year, $3-billion investment by federal, provincial
and territorial (FPT) governments to strengthen the sector.
The Indigenous Pathfinder is a one-on-one service which connects Indigenous Peoples
with AAFC staff who will listen to project ideas and suggest next steps, discuss
available agriculture-related programs, services and funding, provide referrals
to an industry, trade or scientific expert and make connections with other federal,
provincial and territorial support across the country to help move the idea or project
"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting economic development opportunities
and growth by providing the right tools for Indigenous farmers and communities.
The new Indigenous Pathfinder service will help connect individuals with the programs,
services and information that they need to fully participate in, and benefit from,
Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector." Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture
"Our government's commitment to reconciliation includes measures to support the
full economic participation of Indigenous people. The Indigenous Pathfinder service
will support access to opportunities in Canada's thriving agricultural sector by
providing one-on-one support to help Indigenous communities access programs and
services offered by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Many Indigenous cultures have
a strong social and historical connection with agriculture, and I'm confident that
the service will enable the success of individuals and communities." Jane Philpott,
Minister of Indigenous Services
- The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by FPT
governments, which will strengthen the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products
sector, ensuring continued innovation, growth and prosperity.
- The AgriDiversity program is a $5 million initiative to help under-represented groups
in Canadian agriculture, including youth, women, Indigenous Peoples, and persons
with disabilities to fully participate in the sector.