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Iskwew Air makes history – Skies Magazine

March 22, 2019

As a small plane carried Teara Fraser over the Okavango Delta, a vast, meandering wetland in the Kalahari Desert in northern Botswana, she felt her heart come to life in a way it never had before.

It was the early 2000s and Fraser was 30 years old, a single mom with two young children and no post-secondary education. She had never flown in a plane so small before, and it fascinated her.

“I wanted to touch everything in the aircraft and know what everything was, and how everything worked,” said Fraser, now 47 and CEO of Iskwew Air, the first airline in Canada founded and owned by an Indigenous woman.

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