Bell Textron Canada will donate $500,000 to the First Nations Technical Institute; Funds will be used to rebuild aviation program after devastating fire


Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory – Bell Textron Canada Ltd.a textron inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced on September 23 a $500,000 (CAD) contribution to the FNTI (First Nations Technical Institute).

The funds will be used to support skills development and training resources for FNTI’s Indigenous in-flight students. It will also support uninterrupted flight training to ensure student success in FNTI’s three-year Advanced Diploma program following a fire that destroyed the school’s aviation hangar, including its entire fleet of training aircraft, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory Aerodrome in February.

“Creating meaningful opportunities for Indigenous students is key to achieving better outcomes,” said the Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “As part of Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy, this contribution from Bell Textron Canada will provide Indigenous students with financial support to access the training they need to pursue exciting career opportunities in the aerospace and will benefit the aerospace sector as a whole by helping to develop even more world-class Canadian talent.

“We were saddened to learn of such tragic events and moved quickly to support skill development and training resources for commercial pilots to fly in remote Indigenous communities,” said Steve Lavoiepresident of Bell Textron Canada Ltd. “Our financial support will help students continue their off-campus education during this reconstruction phase and pay for their expenses associated with advanced training, aircraft rentals, transportation, off-campus accommodations and support services. to students. Through this contribution, we hope to establish a strong relationship with the FNTI and its First Nations Aviation Technology program.

‘The loss of our shed, Approved Maintenance Organization dispatch and planes in a fire in February was devastating for FNTI and our aviation students, who come from urban and remote communities across Canada,’ said Suzanne Brent, president of the FNTI. “We are fortunate to have a resilient staff who have pivoted to provide students with training options, ensuring minimal program disruption. Bell’s generous support will enable FNTI students to benefit from ongoing onsite and offsite education, as well as student support services. The aerospace sector has intensified and offered much-needed contributions to maintaining uninterrupted pilot training. FNTI looks forward to continuing to build relationships with Bell.’

FNTI Aviation program is the only training program of its kind in Canada, with 53% Aboriginal women. With this financial support, Bell is investing in the economic and social livelihoods of Indigenous communities from Canada critical shortage of pilots and increased Aboriginal representation in the aerospace sector.

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