RaceRocks 3D Inc. is a woman-led and Indigenous-owned training company that is changing the face of the defence and aerospace training sectors.

Launching on June 3, 2024, Kishkayhta (Michif (Métis) for knowledge/learning) is a paid co-op, internship, and new graduate program that will provide Indigenous learners with hands-on work experience in technology and equip them with the necessary skills to excel in the industry.

“Indigenous peoples make up 5% of adults in Canada but less than 2% of people working in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) occupations. Kishkayhta’s mission is to provide an Indigenous-led and culturally relevant hands-on paid program for Indigenous people in STEAM,” explained Melissa Lundy, Communications, Indigenous and Government Relations Specialist at RaceRocks. “The program integrates Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing with Western science to broaden the world around us.”

“The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples calls for educational reforms to ensure Indigenous peoples are accepted as equals in all fields, including STEAM,” says Anita Pawluk, RaceRocks’ CEO and President

“What we imagine can come true. As the first male in my family to graduate college, I paved the way for others. Now, as a student starting a new career, I am honoured to be the first Kishkayhta intern at RaceRocks. I am thrilled to continue to pave the way in creating first milestones for other Indigenous students,” says Kiefer Hay, Software Engineering Kishkayhta Intern Student.

The funds for the Kishkayhta launch were made possible through RaceRocks’ $3 million funding round, led by Raven Indigenous Capital Partners. RaceRocks will work with partners on future funding as an avenue to give back to Indigenous communities, advance reconciliation and build capacity to diversify the defence and aerospace workforces.

Kishkayhta will be a topic of conversation at the RaceRocks CANSEC Booth #118 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST on Wednesday, May 29th, and 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST on Thursday, May 30th.