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Indigenous entrepreneurs take to the sky with new aviation initiatives – The Globe and Mail

December 14, 2023

Whenever Oliver Owen saw a float plane in the sky from his childhood home, he ran to greet the pilot.

Growing up in Little Grand Rapids First Nation, a remote community about 280 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, Owen longed to do any task that would make him feel like part of an air crew.

From the age of six, at a dock a few blocks from his house, he would help pilots tie a rope around a plane. Some days, when a plane left, he would wait for hours on the dock for the next crew to come in.

As he got older, Owen remained fascinated with air travel. “I wanted to fly so badly,” Owen says. “My friends were out partying, they tried dragging me out, and I just said, ‘No, I just want to get my pilot’s licence.’”

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