AC Marks National Indigenous People’s Day With All-Indigenous Flight Crew

An Air Canada flight staffed by an all-Indigenous crew took to the air to mark today's National Indigenous Peoples Day.

This week, flight AC185 from Toronto to Vancouver, operated with AC's flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner, was flown by a crew of two pilots and nine flight attendants, all Indigenous peoples.

The flight was also supported by Indigenous employees on the ground.

The airline further highlighted the achievements and contributions of its Indigenous employees with a video featuring the crew and the flight's traditional Musqueam welcome on arrival at Vancouver. Check out the video here.

"We are honoured to salute and acknowledge the achievements and contributions of Air Canada's 350 First Nations, Inuit and Métis employees, who originated the idea of operating a flight with an all-Indigenous crew," said Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Senior Vice President - People, Culture & Communications.

He continued: "We are thrilled to champion their pride in their identity and their professional attainments in aviation, which also makes them incredible ambassadors for our company and role models for young people. As well, we are appreciative of our Indigenous employees' desire to help us demonstrate that Air Canada is a company that promotes and celebrates diversity and is a company open to and welcoming of all talents."

JP Gladu, President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), praised the airline for "leading by example."

"Air Canada is first out of the gate to deploy an entirely Indigenous-operated flight acknowledging the contributions of their Indigenous employees," said Gladu. "This is an unprecedented move to advance Indigenous participation and business initiatives, and will motivate other companies to support long-term sustainable opportunities that enhance our economy."

For four consecutive years, Air Canada has been named one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers. Through the airline's internal Diversity Committees, Indigenous employees regularly participate in aboriginal and Indigenous career fairs and events across Canada to share their career stories and provide insights into working at Air Canada.

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