Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) offers many programs and services for Canadians who participate in the agriculture and food sector, including some that are offered under the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3-billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the sector.
Many of these programs are available to First Nations, Inuit and Métis through AAFC’s new Indigenous Pathfinder service. By contacting this service, AAFC staff will navigate individuals through the many support programs and services government has to offer.
AAFC’s goal is to partner with Indigenous communities, bring their business ideas forward and form lasting partnerships within the agriculture and food sector. The Indigenous Pathfinder service is already collaborating with national Indigenous organizations, individual First Nations farmers, and rural Indigenous communities that want to become more engaged in agriculture and food. The service is also looking to foster partnerships with other government departments, provincial and territorial governments and private industry.