Air LIFT flies essential goods to Indigenous communities in BC
$24,043 raised
80% of $30k goal
159 contributors
17 Days left

The needs of remote Indigenous communities go far beyond what government relief plans offer

so...

We continue to step up and LIFT together

A circle of Indigenous women and SheEO activators have been coming together for weeks to share the needs and offerings in radical generosity.   This became so much more important as the COVID-19 crisis unfolded, and resulted in the Indigenous LIFT Collective initiative to co-create the conditions for Indigenous women in business to first survive, and go on to THRIVE. 

Teara Fraser, pilot, CEO of Iskwew Air, and SheEO Activator was one of the women who organized the coming together. She is also the first Indigenous woman to launch an airline in Canada, Iskwew Air.

Needs of remote Indigenous communities.

Teara hears through her networks about the Indigenous communities and what their needs are, varying from food and masks to garden seeds for example. 

In this crowdfunding campaign, we raise funds so Teara can fly the essential needs or services to the remote Indigenous communities that are not getting the bare essentials that they need. 

Supplies are sourced locally and through Indigenous ventures as much as possible. Your generosity will make it possible to get essentials to communities that are not on the radar of others. 

First Flight to Alert Bay was a success! 

Teara delivered seeds, sanitary goods, protective gear, blueberry plants, and a lot more that was requested by the community in Alert Bay. 

Alert Bay is a remote Indigenous community (Namgis First Nation) on Cormorant Island, the community is on lockdown and has experienced the death of young Indigenous woman and an Elder from COVID-19. http://www.alertbay.ca/about-alert-bay 

Second Flight Destination now happened!!

The second trip went to the Alberni Valley Regional Airport (Port Alberni, BC) to LIFT the Tseshaht First Nation.   https://tseshaht.com/

Consecutive flights - we continue to raise - now raising for the 5th flight.

 

We changed the goal of the campaign again. Teara has a plan to reach really remote communities far up-north. The plan is to combine 3 flights allowing Iskwew Air to reach really remote communities. 

Once the 5th flight and final goal is reached, Teara will fly 3 flights consecutively, serving 3 communities in one huge effort. We will announce this triple flight soonest we have the confirmations. 

We can make this happen together! 

 

The second flight was completed by a generous donation of a SheEO activator who donated $4000

In the meantime, Christie Geiss, another SheEO activator, donated a whole flight, and we are collecting the details from the community to serve! So stand by for updates! 

The Honourable Minister Mary Ng shares this campaign on her LinkedIN   

Thank you for your support!

 

IN THE NEWS!  Click to read the article of APTN News

Iskwew Air is based out of YVR and operates a twin engine PA31 Piper Navajo Chieftain.

Our aircraft (the Sweetgrass Warrior) cruises at 170kts, we have a range of 700nm, and we can carry a total payload of 1600lbs (max 8 passengers, cargo, or a combination).

Each flight is carbon neutral.

We are now onto our fourth GOAL  - to reach $24,000 

We hope to make many flights possible. Join us with radical generosity

 

 

This campaign is supported and managed by the Alinker in support of Indigenous Communities. 

 

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