Farm Management Canada (FMC) has released a new research report that examines the business management needs of Indigenous agricultural producers in Canada.
The report, titled “The Way Forward: Supporting the Business Management Needs of Indigenous Producers,” was made possible through the participation of Indigenous farm business owners from coast to coast to coast in surveys, focus groups and interviews, according to FMC.
The organization highlights two notable pieces of information gleaned from the report: indigenous producers want more training in business management; and, there are a growing number of Indigenous people working in agriculture, working to build community, economic opportunity and food self-determination.
The report also identified five high-level recommendations:
- Build lasting relationships with Indigenous communities;
- Increase awareness and access to indigenous agricultural opportunities and support programs;
- Improve educational opportunities for Aboriginal people;
- Expand support services for Aboriginal people; and,
- Improving Indigenous Research and Analysis
Recognizing the growth of First Nations and Métis people in agriculture over the past decade, FMC has contracted with the Canadian Council for Agricultural Human Resources, with advice from its Indigenous Advisory Council for this research. The project was funded in part by Bayer, Farm Credit Canada and the Canadian Canola Growers Association.