Building bridges with Maori business: a small group of university students recently returned from a field-trip to New Zealand for a first-hand look at the Maoris' successful approach to agri-business ventures.The fact-finding trip was part of the International Indigenous Agri-Entrepreneurship Program, a University of Saskatchewan The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) is a coeducational public research university located on the east side of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The University is celebrating its centennial year in 2007. initiative developed in conjunction with Massey University Massey University (Māori: Te Kunenga ki Purehuroa) is New Zealand's largest university with approximately 40,000 students. It has campuses in Palmerston North (sites at Turitea and Hokowhitu), Wellington (in the suburb of Mt Cook) and in New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland. and the University of Arizona (body, education) University of Arizona - The University was founded in 1885 as a Land Grant institution with a three-fold mission of teaching, research and public service. .
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CIBC Commercial International Brokerage Company Scholar, Agricultural Entrepreneurship, at the University of Saskatchewan College of Agriculture, led the group in February.
The program grew out of a 2004 College of Agriculture conference on land-based economic development for indigenous peoples, with delegates from Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
"It was very obvious that New Zealanders were leading the pack," said Allen.
Allen and seven students from six First Nations communities toured Maori agri-business ventures.
Participants included senior First Nations officials from Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as undergraduate and graduate students.
The trip to New Zealand provided an opportunity to build excitement about land based economic development, land management and resource development, he said.
"It was an opportunity to expose a group of progressive Canadian First Nations peoples The following is a list of First Nations peoples organized by Indigenous geographic area. This list does not include Metis or Canadian Inuit groups. The areas used here are in accordance to those used by the Canadian Museum of Civilization  to some of the real positive things that are happening in that part of the world."
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"Our mandate here at Agency Chiefs Tribal Council is to promote economic development," said Whitefish. "We're always looking for Looking for
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"We wanted to see what they were doing in New Zealand and how we could do similar things here," he said.
"One of the things that we talked about was the trade of our goods, like our crafts and some of our traditional foods, with some of the agricultural sectors in New Zealand," he said. "I was amazed at how much production they had in terms of land use. I didn't see much land that was not being utilized by the Maori incorporations."
Land use includes agriculture, horticulture and grazing. Land not used in these ways is turned over to silviculture silviculture: see forestry. , to supply local sawmills, or to develop tourism. Urban centres are rented for commercial development.
The dairy industry, a successful cooperative venture between the Maori and other New Zealanders, resonated with the Saskatchewan participants.
"It (the industry) was very impressive. The Maoris work with the local farmers that were originally on their land," said Whitefish. "The farmers own the cattle and the incorporations own the land, the buildings and the milking processing areas. They work hand in hand."
Whitefish points out that there are many similarities in the ways Maori people and the First Nations people in Saskatchewan conduct themselves spiritually. For example, the Maori in Tukorehe place a high priority on restoring habitat.
"Part of their goals and aspirations is trying to have clean water so the fish can sustain themselves, trying to keep the forests the way they are so the animals can have a home," he said.
"I was really amazed with the importance of culture," Allen said.
"I think we've really underestimated the importance of culture when you have any communal economic development. Culture is the glue that holds it together. And if you're going to have any form of a venture, you've got to have something to hold it together."