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Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has announced an agreement with the Pontiac Group, an Aboriginal socioeconomic development organization, to accelerate the company’s Northern Canadian Indigenous community’s commercialization program focused for a Nation-wide roll out of the company’s drone logistic solution, beginning first in Northern Ontario.
“With more than 1.4 million people in Canada identifying themselves as an Indigenous person, this is a very large market for us where both the demand and benefits from employing drone delivery solutions in these remote communities is very significant,” said Tony DI Benedetto, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada. “Pontiac Group’s management team has demonstrated to us that they have the business and community acumen to deliver what we need to succeed in this large vertical.”
With this announcement, the Pontiac Group acting as DDC’s national Indigenous relations advisors will be engaged to accelerate the development of an Indigenous drone delivery pilot project in Canada, the first ever of its kind that will begin in Northern Ontario within an area of 43 remote communities. Currently it is estimated that over 33 of these communities exist that are only accessible by ice road, boat, helicopter and all-terrain vehicles. There are over 600 of these First Nation communities across Canada.
The Pilot Program, which will encompass the design, development and implementation of a drone logistics platform, will be the first of many. As and when successful, DDC looks to roll out its drone solution nationwide to Indigenous communities throughout Canada, in addition to corporate clients and government organizations, which the company has agreements with or is actively pursuing.
The Pilot Program is focused on connecting Indigenous communities in remote Canada to foster economic sustainability and provide greater accessibility to these communities where ever possible.
“The ability of drone technology to assist remote communities in accessing commodities- particularly medical supplies, monitoring natural systems, and conducting search and rescue missions will be revolutionary,” commented Jacob Taylor, Managing Partner of Pontiac Group.
The Pontiac Group will market DDC in First Nation segments primarily to chief and council by way of duly convened meeting and facilitate introduction to Indigenous Northern Affairs Canada.