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Agriculture in the North: Fostering skills growth and building capacity for Indigenous entrepreneurs

Hay River, Northwest Territories – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
 
Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories (NWT) Michael McLeod, on behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced support for empowering northerners through a "From-the-Land Food Ambassadors" pilot project by the Northern Farm Training Institute (NFTI) in Hay River, NWT.
 
NFTI will receive an investment of up to $392,920 through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership's AgriDiversity Program to run the Northern Diversity in Agriculture Program. This northern pilot program will enable Indigenous market garden entrepreneurs, women, and youth to receive training to become educators and mentors in their community as From-the-Land Food Ambassadors.
 
The goal of the Northern Diversity in Agriculture Program is to increase the number of Indigenous-run agricultural businesses. Participants will grow their entrepreneurial capacity and business skill set through various facets of the northern-tailored program, such as: northern farming introductory courses; training in outreach, networking, and facilitation; and market garden internships. The pilot project's activities and training are taking place on an active productive farm located in the Northwest Territories.
Source : Government of Canada