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”.
Today, @IskwewAir officially announced its launch at YVR. We are proud to support the first Canadian airline founded and owned by an Indigenous woman. Congratulations @tearafraser! pic.twitter.com/QI6nUusEeG
— YVR (@yvrairport) March 8, 2019
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.