Indigenous Agriculture

First Nations and Indigenous people history in agriculture and agri-foods today has existed long before Canada confederated. There has always been a relationship between Indigenous people and the land. Indigenous people harvested plants, ranched livestock, and cultivated plants to create medicines and design companion planting systems like the Three Sisters[1]. Canada’s agriculture and agri-foods industry is critical to the sustainability and independence of the country, and of growing importance to Indigenous communities nationwide.

As part of our mandate to support human resource development in the sector, CAHRC continues to work on providing research, tools and understanding to support an equitable, inclusive and diverse workforce in primary agriculture.

An example of this work includes exploring with the Indigenous community ways to increase Indigenous participation in the agriculture population as operators and through employment. Another example includes conducting research focused on Indigenous farm management training to further support the development of agriculture and agri-food initiatives.

CAHRC continues to build relationships with Indigenous communities and producers through these initiatives.

Growing Security: Summary of Agriculture and Agri-foods Zoom Discussions


 [1] Three Sisters companion planting – is a companion planting system where beans, corn and squash are planted together – each helps the other to survive.