Canada’s first Indigenous woman-owned airline all set to launch

Published on : Saturday, September 22, 2018

A new iIskwew Airndigenous woman-owned airline announced its launch and start of service coming next spring in Canada.



Called Iskwew Air, the airline will begin its flights next March out of Vancouver International Airport’s south terminal.



The airline is expected to offer charter services and hopes to provide scheduled service to remote communities across the province in an effort to boost accessibility and Indigenous tourism.



Iskwew Air CEO, Teara Fraser said that her homeland in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, is a fly-in-fly-out community, and I know how important connection and accessible transportation options are for remote communities.



Iskwew Air will provide services to communities like these and lead the industry by championing Indigenous people and culture. At an announcement on Friday, Fraser sought the blessing and permission of Musqueam representatives to operate in their traditional territory.



Iskwew Air has been a vision of mine for many years and it is very important to me that Iskwew Air begins in a good way by seeking the permission and approval of the Musqueam people before operations begin. Fraser is an experienced pilot and leader in B.C.’s aviation industry. She has also served on the BC Aviation Council for seven years.

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