We are developing the full potential of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (“RPAS”) throughout Canadian First Nations communities by providing training, equipment, data sovereignty, and all related services and skills.
We are dedicated to building a robust RPAS industry that is owned by the people it serves. In remote communities that are often isolated when ice roads melt, this is a critical mission. It’s also vital that we engage and develop our youth.
1.67 million people in Canada (4.9%) self-identified as an Indigenous person in Canada’s 2016 Census of Population.
Indigenous peoples are the fastest-growing population in Canada, with a population that grew by 42.5% between 2006 and 2016. Indigenous peoples are also the youngest population in Canada: about 44% were under 25 in 2016, compared to 28% of the non-Indigenous population.
The remote nature and young population provide a unique opportunity to build UAV skills, businesses and employment.
Discussion, Deliberation, Decisions, Delegation— we have meaningful conversations with Indigenous communities about how the work should be done.
Respect, Reciprocity, Relationship, Relevance—we ensure our projects have mutual benefit for each party.
Ownership, Control, Access, Possession—we respect Indigenous data sovereignty in RPAS.
Natural Law—we protect the planet through effective environmental practices in RPAS.
Economic Development—we effect economic development for Indigenous people.
The Indigenous Aerospace mission is to empower Indigenous people to fully participate in the remote piloted aircraft system industry by helping to source funding, training, and technology for First Nation drone operations.
Our vision is for Indigenous people to use drones to improve quality of life in Indigenous communities and beyond.
Indigenous people in Canada want to own their future, and that future is going to include drones. By partnering with Volatus Aerospace, we can deliver training to First Nations community members empowering those communities to benefit directly from UAV technology.
Volatus Aerospace is a leader in North America’s RPAS industry and is lending its expertise in: