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The first ever Aboriginal female MedEvac team is now flying with Missinippi MedEvac to the same communities that raised them.

 "I knew I was going to make it possible because I was told that little girls shouldn't want to grow up to be pilots," said Chief Pilot Robyn Shlachetka, who has wanted to be a pilot since she was four. "I think after I was told that, I was determined that there was absolutely no way anybody was going to stop me from becoming a pilot."

The team of Shlachetka and First Officer Raven Beardy have become the first Aboriginal female MedEvac team in Manitoba and join only seven female Aboriginal pilots across Canada. The duo recently got back from Shamattawa, Beardy's home community, and didn't even know they were the first until well after it was revealed on Facebook.

"It was kind of just a personal bucket list thing, (I) wasn't planning on anything big like this," Shlachetka said.

Shlachetka is from Wabowden and while they didn't have an airport, they had a float base and spent a lot of time around float planes. For Beardy, she had to be transported by MedEvac as a kid and was confused by the people who picked her up.

"Seeing the cockpit and there are males and they are white, as a little girl, I just questioned it," Beardy said.

The plane Beardy and Shlachetka fly is called 'The Spirit of Norway House' because Norway House is the planes main base. Both pilots believe it makes sense for them to be the ones going up north.

"I think it's great for people who live up north so they can actually have role models to look to," Shlachetka said when asked why it's important for them to be flying together. "We're hoping to create more of a community up there in aviation."

"Aviation is a lifeline," added Beardy.

Missinippi Medivac employs three of the seven female Aboriginal pilots in Canada, and six of their 22 pilots are also Aboriginal.