|Aboriginal Agriculture students exploring entrepreneurship across world|
Seven U of S Aboriginal agriculture students will be traveling to the United States and Western Canada this summer, part of an experiential program in agricultural and bio-resource entrepreneurship.
The program encourages the students to explore ways for creating new value added ventures on Indigenous lands by exploring some of the exciting opportunities in the agricultural and bio-resource industries.
“Participants will be offered an international experience that will broaden their knowledge of the global agricultural and bio-resource industries,” says professor Thomas Allen, the CIBC Scholar in Agricultural Entrepreneurship at the College of Agriculture.
“These students will be acquiring the skills needed to become industry leaders when they return home.”
The students have already returned from Massey University in New Zealand, which they visited in February. In New Zealand, the Maori people are becoming an integral part of the agricultural and bio-resource industries of their country.
Traveling throughout New Zealand, the students learned about Maori participation in the New Zealand agricultural economy and joined their Maori counterparts in visiting and studying successful Maori agricultural ventures
This month the students will travel to southwest United States for five days during which time they will join with their New Zealand counterparts in visiting the Navajo Nation and other Native American Indian Nations. Here they will learn how the Navajo Nation has become a major player in the agricultural industry of their country.
After traveling through the United States, the students will be joined by the New Zealand and American contingents in a five day tour of Western Canada during which time they will visit and study successful Aboriginal agriculture and bio-resource ventures.
“I hope that the contacts and the networks developed by the participants will last a lifetime and that this year’s students will assist in offering parts of the program in future years, and that a formal, or informal, association of graduates will be created,” says Allen.