Indigenous communities and organizations in British Columbia are invited to apply for the first program to offer comprehensive training in the theory, set up and application of drones with an Indigenous community context! Students will be provided with a foundational understanding of management through experiential learning, ground school, and applied learning. This course is offered in partnership with Flytbox Aerial Solutions to prepare students for the Transport Canada Small Basic RPAS exam. In addition, students will receive their Restricted Radio Operator Certificate with an Aeronautical qualification (ROC-A).
Who can apply?
Regional Hosts: Apply here
Regional Representatives: Apply here
January 20 – February 7, 2020
November 22, 2019
Three weeks, 9AM – 3PM Monday – Friday
Tuition and certification costs are funded by the Technology Council. Additional funding for travel and accommodation expenses are available upon application.
Meet your instructor
Pano Skrivanos has been working with Indigenous communities for many years as Senior Manager of the GIS and Information Management Program at Inlailawatash Limited Partnership. He provides expertise in the areas of land use planning, forestry, surveying, marine conservation, archaeology, wildlife habitat analysis, and forest carbon. Pano also specializes in land use and occupancy research, and more recently, optical and LiDAR mapping using drones. Pano has a BSc. in Geography from the University of Victoria, an Advanced Diploma in Geographic Information Systems from British Columbia Institute of Technology, and an MSc. in Forestry from the University of British Columbia.
Pano says, “The course is going to be really interesting. I mean drones are interesting. These are machines that fly around and can do really cool stuff. It’s going to be a really good opportunity. It’s going to open up doors for people to do all kinds of neat stuff in their communities.”
Pano’s great-grandmother is from Tia’amin Nation.
What you’ll be learning
Rules and Regulations
Transport Canada Exams