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The Canadian Press
A group of northern Manitoba First Nations have invited airship experts from around the world to a conference in the province next month.
They hope to launch an industry that could see blimps replace costly and unreliable ice roads as a way of delivering supplies to remote communities.
Grand Chief David Harper says the bands that are involved are keen to look into developing the technology. He says it would be vital to have Ottawa and private partners on board.
The advantage of airships is their strength and ability to fly in all kinds of weather.
"I can lift a lot of loads that other aircraft wouldn't think of," says Dale George, technical lead for Buoyant Aircraft. "With a big airship, I could put a whole house underneath it."