Local Women Matter

Resource Development in Northern Communities;
Local Women Matter

Fact Sheet 1: Introduction and Overview

Canada’s north is full of communities where resource extraction and development provides a hope for prosperity. But it can also come with: 

  • the loss of traditional values and practices 
  • the potential for new family and social tensions, such as alcohol and drug abuse, and 
  • greater divisions between those with resource-based jobs and those without. 

How can northern communities find ways to benefit from resource extraction? How do women fit into the picture? How can we ensure that diverse local women’s views are heard, because their views matter? 

This series of fact sheets aims to foster understanding about, and provide ideas for, how to develop resources in northern Canadian communities in ways that ensure women, children and their communities benefit. 

#1. Introduction and Overview 

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An introduction to and overview of this fact sheet series.

#2. Local Relationships with the Land and Water

Explores what it means to understand a perspective that reflects Indigenous values related to the land and water, and why this is important. 

#3. Colonialism and its Impacts 

Dicusses how colonialism has disrupted people’s relationship with water and land. It describes how Canadian colonization aimed to destroy Indigenous cultures, values, and women’s respected roles. 

#4. How Colonialism Affects Women 

Explains how colonialism has changed and devalued women’s roles in local communities.Feather graphic

#5. Displaced from the Land 

Traces the histories of how local people in northern Manitoba and Labrador were displaced from their land and what that means today.  

#6. Modern Resource Extraction 

Considers what modern resource extraction means for women, their families, and communities. It also explores the political and global economic forces driving resource extraction in northern Manitoba and Labrador.

#7. Northern Community Models that Value Local Women 

Four northern models that show a range of ways to engage local women in communities to influence and deal with issues that arise with local resource extraction.Feather graphic

#8. How Local Women and Northern Communities Can Benefit from Resource Extraction

This fact sheet focuses on two ways to help northern women and their communities benefit from resource extraction projects: 1) Impact Benefit Agreements and, 2) the Environmental Impacts Assessment process that happens before a major resource development project begins.

#9. Women Improving Community Well-Being 

Two examples of women improving community well-being are featured: 1) development of a Community Vitality Index in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador and 2) activism by women from Pictou Landing First Nation in Nova Scotia to stop pollution of their local water by a pulp and paper mill.

#10. Imagining Alternatives For Sustainable Development 

This fact sheet looks at approaches to resource development that exist in other parts of the world. Why not here? These approaches include: 1) recognition of Indigenous rights and control over traditional territory, 2) redistribution of wealth gained from resource extraction, 3) adoption of slow and sustainable ways to use natural resources, and 4) community engagement in decision-making that values diverse and marginalized women.Feather graphic

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