‘Drone Territory’: B.C. First Nation hopes drone tourism will take flight

Klahoose Nation on Cortes Island to use drones to map out territory, promote tourism

Klahoose Nation on Cortes Island hopes to establish itself as a drone destination.

Klahoose Nation on Cortes Island hopes to establish itself as a drone destination. (Klahoose Coastal Adventures/YouTube)

A B.C. First Nation is trying to use Canada’s new drone regulations to its advantage.

Members of the Klahoose First Nation are hoping their territory will become a go-to drone tourism spot after new regulations were introduced that limit the areas where drones can fly.

According to the band’s chief, James Delorme, the island First Nation is what he calls “drone territory.”

“We have many wildlife, grizzly bears, and fantastic waterfalls,” he said. “There’s a business opportunity here that doesn’t rely on resource development, [and] doesn’t rely on taking advantage of anything that’s going to compromise our rights and title and our traditions.”

The First Nation is launching their Drone Territory project this April in hopes of getting Indigenous youth engaged in the technology.

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