New Indigenous pathfinder service now available for easy access to agricultural programs and services
October 23, 2018 By Fruit and Vegetable magazine
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 fiveyear, $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 agriculturerelated 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 to reality.
“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,” said Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
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