Indigenous peoples are the fastest-growing population in Canada, growing by 42.5% between 2006 and 2016. Indigenous peoples are also the youngest population in Canada: about 44% were under the age of 25 in 2016, compared to 28% of the non-Indigenous population | source.
However, Indigenous people are underrepresented in the aerospace and defence industries. Reversing that trend and increasing Indigenous participation in the FAcT program not only meets SkyAlyne’s objective to honour the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, but will bring new and essential personnel and supplier organizations into the fold, leading to a more successful program for the long term.
On July 5th and 7th, 2022, SkyAlyne held two live ‘Opportunity Expos’ for Indigenous suppliers, businesses and potential career seekers. The events were held in Winnipeg and Regina and invited those interested in supporting FAcT to come by, meet our team and learn more about the opportunities with the program.
Hosting regular employment and supplier opportunity engagements will be commonplace in SkyAlyne’s community relations strategy for FAcT. We understand how critical it is to constantly and continually engage with communities and stakeholders to find new talent and suppliers to support FAcT for the long term. SkyAlyne believes there is a tremendous opportunity to establish mutually beneficial opportunities within the Indigenous communities and find new suppliers and skilled employees in this traditionally underrepresented group.