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Indigenous Voices – Sharing our Agricultural History and Journey’ – Manitoba Co-operator

June 9, 2022

Film traces the journey of three Indigenous Diploma of Agriculture students

In 1975, a program called the Manitoba Indian Agriculture Program (MIAP), funded by the Department of Indian Affairs, was established to boost agricultural output in Manitoba First Nations communities.

At the time, agriculture was an important way of life for many Indigenous Manitobans. However, because they didn’t have access to the resources and finances available to non-Indigenous farmers, most of these farms were at a subsistence level. MIAP sought to give access to resources and credit to help level the playing field. The program’s goals included increasing the acres farmed in Indigenous communities, increasing the number of Indigenous farms, and increasing the income for each of these farms.

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