Sky Canoe is a Canadian Indigenous-owned company. Our founding purpose was to provide assistance to remote communities while maintaining sustainability and deep respect for the environment.
Sky Canoe draws inspiration from the 7 Grandfathers teachings in our business model. In addition, we emphasize long-term thinking; striving to consider the next seven generations and beyond in our actions and planning. It is critical that we understand that our present-day choices have not only an immediate impact but continue to impact the world we will leave behind for many generations to come.
At Sky Canoe, we aspire to a conscientious, more responsible form of financial success, striving for a new and improved way of doing business. Through Indigenous-inspired environmental stewardship, we seek to integrate the fundamental needs of the wider community into our business plans and operations.
Our company culture is guided by principles of reverence, humility, respect, and reciprocity. We believe businesses which put people and the environment first are laying the foundation for their own lasting success and that of the planet.
One of Sky Canoe's principal owners is Noozhoo Nokiiyan LP (NNLP), the investment arm of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN). NNLP CEO John Rowinski says "our investment in Sky Canoe and the company's commitment to the MSIFN community shows that even a small First Nation can be a leader in innovation. It provides an example to other Indigenous communities of an investment that not only goes beyond exploitation of our resources, but also provides a solution to problems faced by other Indigenous communities – in particular, in this case, challenges faced by remote communities."
"We hope to use this initiative to build capacity in MSIFN and other Indigenous communities in technical, management and transportation expertise, among other areas. Again, we strive to be a leader and the Sky Canoe investment allows us to showcase this attribute."
With full board control (NNLP and MSIFN members constitute a board majority) and building the headquarters and main training facility on MSIFN lands, Sky Canoe's Indigenous ownership is an integral part of the Company's leadership team and plays an important role in making key decisions about company growth and development.
Indigenous values and leadership play a key role in building our capacity to serve our market, expanding our workforce, and ensuring our business maintains its core values and focus.
Helping Indigenous Communities
Sky Canoe's cutting-edge drones will provide immense value to Indigenous people living in remote northern communities that are difficult to access.
We will deliver essential goods, food, and medical supplies faster, safer, and cheaper than traditional ground or air transportation.
While our patented technology is relevant world-wide, our primary goal is to help our indigenous partners improve their quality of life and to unlock opportunities to create jobs and to foster economic development.
NNLP CEO John Rowinski says he was inspired after meeting the team at Sky Canoe.
"From the very outset this seemed to be a great fit for MSIFN given the community's location in the Greater Toronto Area and the progressive nature of our economic development initiatives."
"When I introduced Sky Canoe to the NNLP Board and later presented the opportunity to Chief and Council and ultimately members of the community, it was universally hailed as the type of economic initiative with which we wanted to be associated. That we are able to be an active investor, and ultimately will serve as the host of the Sky Canoe headquarters and training facility, emphatically demonstrates the company's commitment to our relationship."
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There are many discoveries throughout human history that have changed the world and impacted how we as humans live. Two of those inventions are airplanes and canoes.
AIR SAFETY & COMPLIANCE
Sky Canoe's dedicated team of experts is committed to, not only anticipating, but exceeding all necessary safety requirements.