Importance of the CVI

Why is the CVI important to women in Happy Valley - Goose Bay?

Tracking changes in the wellbeing of women right now in Happy Valley – Goose Bay is important because of the arrival of the Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Dam.

The Joint Review Panel for the Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Dam noted that the project has “the potential for adverse effects resulting from high wage employment, including increased substance abuse, and sexual assault, family violence and [other] effects on women and children in Happy Valley-Goose Bay…” (Report of the Joint Review Panel, 2011, p. xxviii).

The Panel recommended that “the provincial Department of Health and Community Services, in consultation with Aboriginal groups, and appropriate government and community agencies from the Upper Lake Melville area, conduct a social effects needs assessment, including an appropriately resourced participatory research component, that would determine the parameters to monitor, collect baseline data, and provide recommendations for social effects mitigation measures and an approach to on-going monitoring…” (Report of the Joint Review Panel, 2011, p. 291).

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador did not follow this recommendation, so FemNorthNet did.

Important components of the CVI include:

  • description of diverse women in HV-GB developed by women in the community
  • wellbeing framework (an image representing women’s wellbeing), developed by women in the community, and developed graphically with the support of the Nunatsiavut government
  • definition of wellbeing (including five inter-connected categories of wellbeing), developed by women in the community
  • A wellbeing survey to measure and track diverse women’s wellbeing over time