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Canada’s First Indigenous Woman-Owned Airline Will Operate Out Of YVR Airport

Iskwew Air

Photo: @IskwewAir / Twitter

Friday, March 8th marked a monumental day for Iskwew Air and their CEO Teara Fraser.

Speaking on International Women’s Day, Fraser announced that Canada’s first 100% Indigenous woman-owned airline will operate out of YVR’s South Terminal.

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She made the announcement at YVR Airport, where the CEO sought “the blessing and permission of xwməθkwəy’əm (Musqueam) representatives to operate within their traditional territory”.

Iskwew Air Service

The airline will offer charter services and has a vision to provide scheduled service to remote communities across the province in the future. They also hope to increase accessibility to transportation and bolster Indigenous tourism.

Iskwew Air (pronounced ISS-KWAY-YO) is the Cree word for woman. This word was chosen as the name for the airline as an intentional act of the reclamation of womanhood, matriarchal leadership, and language; Iskwew Air celebrates all women and those who are lifting women.

As for the airline’s starting date, they are still a few weeks away from fully operating. Likewise, it’ll fly out of the Vancouver Airport’s South Terminal.

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