Thompson, Manitoba is located 740 km north of Winnipeg and is the third largest city in Manitoba with 13 000 people. It is known as the “Hub of the North” for Manitoba and is a centre of commerce and services for surrounding communities in the region. It has a diverse population and Aboriginal peoples make up 36% of the population, including Cree, Dene, and Oji-Cree peoples.
The major industry in the city has been mining, through the Vale nickel mines, but Thompson has been undergoing changes in the past few years as mining is being transitioned out as an industry. In 2011, the Thompson Economic Diversification Working Group (TEDWG) was formed to take action in moving forward in terms of growth and development of Thompson in the future.
FemNorthNet’s work in Thompson has examined the effects of economic development and restructuring on the lives of diverse women as well as the work of TEDWG.
A Place of Our Own: Reexamining the colonial paradigm of the museum structure by empowering northern indigenous artists (2016) by Delia Chartrand - Under the leadership of the Aboriginal Art Centre for Northern Manitoba (AACNM) organization, Thompson, MB is in the process of envisioning a new art museum to host Indigenous artists and their works. But the design has been a challenge. Modern museums are a part of the world’s colonial legacy – they have removed sacred objects from many cultures, separated the stories and values of artists and craftspeople from their work, and displayed artifacts and works outside of the context in which they were used and created. To ensure the creation of a culturally respectful space, FemNorthNet supported this study where northern artists, Elders, and locals were asked to share their visions for the new museum.
Critical Reflections on Economic Planning in Thompson: An Analysis of TEDWG (2015) by Karla Schultz & FemNorthNet's Thompson Community Group - The Thompson Economic Diversification Working Group (TEDWG) was established in 2011 to create plans for moving Thompson away from reliance on the mining sector towards a more diversified economy. As part of this process, the group held consultations with various stakeholders and considered a number of community aspects seens as supportive of or inhibitive to economic development, including demographic composition, housing issues, education, and community identity. In this report, FemNorthNet examines how diverse women were included and/or excluded from this process and identifies how women's perspectives may have differently shaped the TEDWG conclusions. Our hope is to ensure that women are more actively included and supported in the TEDWG process in the future.
Findings from the Celebrating Abilities Conference Survey (2015) by Colin Bonnycastle & Vanessa McKerracher - FemNorthNet surveyed participants of this conference (held in Thompson in October 2014) to find out about their experiences living with disability in the North as well as their perceptions about how available services and resources were impacting their participation in a changing northern economy.
Women's Empowerment Workshop Guide (2014) by Nina Cordell - A workshop developed to help women in Thompson explore passions, foster confidence, learn about self-care, develop household budgets, and other skills that are necessary to participate and lead in their communities.
Developing Women Leaders in Northern Communities: A Key Resource for Northern Development (2014) by Libby Dean & Jane Stinson - Profiles women's leadership development activities in FemNorthNet's partner communities, including Thompson.
Women, Economic Development & Restructuring in Thompson (2012) - Report examines how economic development has evolved in Thompson and the related impacts on diverse women in the community, including access to education and employment, healthcare, housing, and justice services. Includes a list of local resources for women to refer to.