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The Rural Routes to Climate Solutions (RR2CS) Siksikaitsitapi Agriculture Project is an avenue for the Blackfoot Confederacy (or Siksikaitsitapi in Blackfoot) of Southern Alberta to highlight on-farm and on-ranch climate solutions (e.g. regenerative agriculture, farm energy efficiency, on-farm clean energy) on Blackfoot territory. This encompasses the Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika First Nations of the Blackfoot Confederacy located in Southern Alberta. Not only is there an emphasis on today’s agriculture producers in their communities, but also insight as to how each nation applies cultural traditional Blackfoot land base knowledge to farming and ranching.

The project highlights nation members and programs that have successfully worked within the confines of the Indian Act to provide agricultural production and moving in step with regenerative and climate-friendly agriculture practices.

The Siksikaitsitapi Agriculture Project provides learning and capacity building opportunities for the Blackfoot Confederacy in bringing the three First Nations together collectively so that they may share traditional land knowledge. This will ideally provide a platform to discuss current best practices in farming and ranching amongst Indigenous and non-Indigenous agriculture producers.

Rural Routes to Climate Solutions also recognizes the valuable roles other First Nations and the Metis play in land stewardship and traditional land-use knowledge in Alberta. We welcome the opportunity to run projects like the Siksikaitsitapi Agriculture Project in partnership with those First Nations and Metis communities in the future

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