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Building and Strengthening Indigenous Supports (BASIS)

Saskatchewan is home to the largest First Nation land base in Canada. Indigenous communities play a critical role in meeting the agriculture targets in Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan and the Ministry of Agriculture realizes the importance of building and strengthening relationships and opportunities with Indigenous communities.

The ministry, with guidance and support from the Senior Indigenous Advisor, has formed the Building and Strengthening Indigenous Supports (BASIS) team, with specialists working to build relationships with First Nations and Métis people through agricultural programming opportunities.

Part of this team’s work is to reach out to the 74 First Nations and 12 Métis Regions in Saskatchewan to raise awareness and identify opportunities with the ministry’s agricultural programs and services.

They will pathfind for program funding and facilitate connections with other ministry specialists who have expertise in crops, greenhouse production, growing fruit and vegetable crops, invasive weed control, livestock and feed, environmental management best practices and irrigation.

Through agronomic advice and program support, the ministry aims to make connections, create opportunities and build relationships with Indigenous communities across Saskatchewan.

For more information on Indigenous agriculture opportunities, contact your local specialist or the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377.


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1. Rachel Kraynick, Agriculture Programs Specialist, Yorkton

Rachel Kraynick

Rachel will be providing her services to Treaty 4 Territory serving the following First Nations Communities, Independent Nations and Métis Nation-Saskatchewan Regions.

Touchwood Agency Tribal Council Communities Yorkton Tribal Council Communities Independent First Nation Communities Métis Nation - Saskatchewan Regions
Day Star First Nation Cote First Nation Cowessess First Nation Eastern Region 2
George Gordon First Nation Kahkewistahaw First Nation   Eastern Region 2A
Kawacatoose First Nation Keeseekoose First Nation    
Muskowekwan First Nation The Key First Nation    
  Ocean Man First Nation    
  Sakimay First Nation (Zagime Anishinabek First Nation)    
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2. Patricia Johnson, Agriculture Programs Specialist, North Battleford

Patricia Johnson

Trish will be providing her services to Treaty 6, 8, and 10 Territory serving the following First Nations Communities, Independent Nations and Métis Nation-Saskatchewan Regions.

Agency Chiefs Tribal Council Communities Battlefords Tribal Council Communities Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs Communities Meadow Lake Tribal Council Communities Independent First Nation Communities Métis Nation - Saskatchewan Regions
Big River First Nation Little Pine First Nation Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation Birch Narrows Dene Nation Big Island Lake Cree Nation (Joseph Bighead First Nation) Western Region 1
Pelican Lake First Nation Lucky Man Cree Nation Moosomin First Nation Buffalo River Dene Nation Onion Lake First Nation Western Region 1A
Witchekan Lake First Nation Mosquito Grizzly Bear's Head Lean Man First Nation Red Pheasant Cree Nation Canoe Lake Cree First Nation Thunderchild First Nation Northern Region 2
  Poundmaker Cree Nation Saulteaux First Nation Clearwater River Dene Nation   Northern Region 3
    Sweetgrass First Nation English River First Nation    
    Stoney Knoll First Nation (Young Chipeewayan First Nation) Flying Dust First Nation    
      Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation    
      Ministikwan Lake Cree Nation (Island Lake First Nation)    
      Waterhen Lake First Nation    
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3. Ken Evans, Agriculture Programs Specialist, Weyburn

Ken Evans

Ken will be providing his services to Treaty 2 and 4 Territory serving the following First Nations Communities, Independent Nations and Métis Nation-Saskatchewan Regions.

File Hills Tribal Council Communities Southeast Treaty Four Tribal Council Communities Independent First Nation Communities Métis Nation - Saskatchewan Regions
Carry the Kettle First Nation (Cega'kin First Nation) Ochapowace First Nation (Chacahas and Kakisiwew Bands) Pheasant Rump Nakota Nation Western Region 3
Little Black Bear First Nation White Bear First Nations   Eastern Region 3
Muscowpetung Saulteaux First Nation      
Nekaneet First Nation      
Okanese First Nation      
Pasqua First Nation      
Peepeekisis Cree Nation      
Piapot First Nation      
Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation      
Star Blanket Cree Nation      
Wood Mountain Lakota First Nation      
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4. Brynn Jones & Karen Smith, Agriculture Programs Specialists, Prince Albert & Tisdale

Karen Smith
Brynn Jones

Brynn and Karen will be providing their services to Treaty 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 Territory serving the following First Nations Communities, Independent Nations and Métis Nation-Saskatchewan Regions.

Prince Albert Grand Council Communities  Saskatoon Tribal Council Communities Independent First Nation Communities Métis Nation - Saskatchewan Regions
Black Lake Denesuline Nation Kinistin Saulteaux Nation Beardy's and Okemasis Cree Nation Northern Region 1
Cumberland House Cree Nation Mistawasis First Nation Fishing Lake First Nation Eastern Region 1
Fond Du Lac Denesuline Muskeg Lake Cree Nation   Western Region 2
Hatchet Lake First Nation Muskoday First Nation   Western Region 2A
James Smith Cree Nation/Chakastaypasin First Nation/Peter Chapman First Nation One Arrow First Nation    
Lac La Ronge Indian Band Whitecap Dakota First Nation    
Montreal Lake Cree Nation Yellow Quill First Nation    
Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation      
Red Earth Cree Nation      
Shoal Lake Cree Nation      
Sturgeon Lake First Nation      
Wahpeton Dakota Nation      

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