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2024 IFMA Next Gens Workshop

We welcome young farm management professionals to Treaty 4 Territory in Saskatchewan, Canada for a few days of team building and strategic thinking. The host for the workshop will be Kahkewistahaw First Nation, located two hours east of Regina, Saskatchewan.

Kahkewistahaw First Nations logo

Kahkewistahaw First Nation owns and manages approximately 27,000 acres of land located around their community and in other areas of the province, including Yorkton and Saskatoon. These lands are managed by and according to the Kahkewistahaw Land Code, the Lands Committee, and Chief and Council. Economic development of these lands is an important goal for Kahkewistahaw First Nation, and agricultural development is an integral part of future economic growth of the community. However, there are certain challenges that come with financing economic growth for First Nation communities as First Nation lands cannot be used as security when obtaining outside financing for economic investment. Nonetheless, the rich land base of Kahkewistahaw First Nation provides their community with a key resource from which to develop new agricultural ventures.

As part of the workshop, you will work with members of the Kahkewistahaw Lands Committee and the Economic Development Team to understand 1) the resources available to the community, and 2) the special constraints that make financing agricultural development more challenging (when compared to financing growth on non-First Nations land).


  • $1450.00 + Taxes - Next Gens Tour - July 3 (Arrive in Regina) - July 7 (Saskatoon)

IFMA Leaders:

Eric Micheels, University of Saskatchewan

Trevor Atkinson, IFMA

Local Mentors:

Denise Peter, Director of Lands and Resources, Kahkewistahaw First Nation

Candace Wasacase, Wasacase Group 

Who should join?

Young farmers, advisors, and others working in other farm-related occupations. It would be great to have participants from a range of countries and backgrounds.


$1400 CDN (potentially offset through IFMA Development Fund)


Jul 3, 2024 to Jul 7, 2024

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, July 3

- Fly into Regina, settle in

Thursday, July 4

-Explore Regina/Roughriders Football Game

Friday, July 5

-Drive to Kahkewistahaw First Nations– Team Building Exercise. Stay overnight in Esterhazy, SK.

Saturday, July 6

-Overview of Resources and ChallengesStrategic Planning Sessions. Second night in Esterhazy.

Sunday, July 7

-Drive to Saskatoon.

  • Build connections with others in the industry

  • Examine the resources the community has at its disposal

  • Identify constraints facing the development of agricultural lands

  • Explore opportunities for developing land-based businesses

Objective and Scope
  • Develop team

  • Examine institutional and financial constraints facing First Nation communities

  • Develop a strategic framework to assess agricultural enterprises for Kahkewistahaw First Nation

  • Develop a strategic plan for land-based businesses for Kahkewistahaw First Nation

  • Present plan to members of Kahkewistahaw First Nation

  • Outline group findings and suggestions for future policy at Friday of IFMA Congress

Pre-visit Reading Material

The following readings may help prepare you for the workshop.

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