Drone Territory will soon be launching as a franchise business providing equipment, training, insurance and marketing to Canada’s First Nations to establish recreational drone parks.
Drone Territory was created in partnership Klahoose-owned Qathen Xwegus Management Corp. with the support of Indigenext, the Indigenous Business Accelerator.
The business will officially launch on April 1 with a kickoff event at Campbell River in British Columbia. The launch event will introduce the drone park concept to other First Nations and will host free drone pilot training for Indigenous youth.
Drone Territory says the business will offer safe spaces to fly drones, as well as create employment opportunities for First Nations. The business also aims to provide video-capture services and technology training to First Nations to promote and document their territories.
“Drone Territory is a perfect fit for First Nations, as it does not rely on resource development or compromise our rights, titles and traditions,” notes Drone Territory spokesperson Chief James Delorme of the Klahoose First Nation. “The business provides an opportunity for Indigenous communities to enter a rapidly growing technology sector while offering employment opportunities for youth.”
Drone Territory notes that the business is launching on the heels of Transport Canada’s new rules for recreational drones; thus, safe areas for recreational drone operations are in demand for pilots.
The Canadian Federation of Drone Racing has also partnered with Drone Territory to provide training to First Nations youth.
“We are delighted to help First Nations take a leadership position in the nascent recreational drone tourism business in order to grow and promote drone racing,” says Ryan Stephan, co-founder of the federation.