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Canada invests in pilot training at First Nations Technical Institute –

September 9, 2019

Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, on September 6 announced a Government of Canada investment of up to $4.9 million over three years for the First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI). The investment is being made through FedDev Ontario, which is under the umbrella of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

FNTI is an Indigenous-owned post-secondary institute offering educational opportunities for Indigenous peoples. The First Peoples’ Aviation Technology program at FNTI is the only Indigenous aviation post-secondary program of its kind in Canada.

With this investment, FNTI plans to strengthen its aviation training program by doubling the number of Indigenous students training to become commercial pilots. The Government of Canada investment will support Indigenous students through the purchase of five new training aircraft; hiring additional aircraft maintenance engineers, flight instructors, dispatch staff, academic faculty and student support facilitators; and acquiring safety maintenance software.

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