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September 1, 2017
Joining Northern Women & Unions for Sustainable Development - A Workshop Guide This workshop guide aims to strengthen relationships between communities and labour unions through inclusive dialogue about community development and creative actions that promote understanding and positive change.
October 25, 2016
Gender-based analysis meets environmental assessment Gender-based analysis meets environmental assessment: Aligning policy mechanisms to address the resource development in Canada’s North

Policy Impact Paper #1 of the Gender, Diversity & Resource Extraction project discusses how gender-based analysis (GBA) can be integrated into existing environmental assessment (EA) processes in Canada to address issues of climate change, environmental degradation, and negative impacts on marginalized populations resulting from resource development and extraction projects.
June 14, 2016
Follow along as a group of diverse women from Nova Scotia travel to the site of a new hydroelectric installation at Muskrat Falls in Labrador. With Labradorian women as their guides, the travelers learn where the electricity that will power their homes and communities in the near future is coming from and come to understand the toll this dam is taking on the local environment, economy, and social fabric.

Produced by M’ikmaq filmmaker Catherine Martin, this moving documentary will leave you grappling with some important questions as the world begins to shift away from use of fossil fuels. What is the price we pay for “green” energy? How should local communities be prepared for and involved in “green” power developments? Are the costs of green power worth the overall benefits?
June 1, 2016
FemNorthNet Newsletter (Volume 5, Issue 2) Inside this edition...
- 10 fascinating new fact sheets that illustrate the evolution of resource development in the North, the impacts, and the role of diverse, local women
- New report on women temporary foreign workers in Canada's North
- Interviews with Noreen Careen, Director of the Labrador West Status of Women Centre, about how Labrador West is changing
- New documentary "Building Links Among Women" is coming to a screen near you
- FemNorthNet news and more!
May 26, 2016
Local Women Matter #4: How Colonialism Affects Women This fact sheet zeroes in on how colonialism affects women, explaining how it has changed and devalued women’s roles in local communities over time.
May 26, 2016
Local Women Matter #1: Introduction and Overview This fact sheet provides an introduction to the "Resource Development in Northern Communities; Local Women Matter" series and an overview of the fact sheets contained within it. The series 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.
May 26, 2016
Local Women Matter #2: Local Relationships with Land & Water This fact sheet explores Indigenous perspectives and values related to the land and water, and why it is important to understand and consider these worldviews in resource development.
May 26, 2016
Local Women Matter #3: Colonialism and its impacts This fact sheet discusses 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.
May 26, 2016
Local Women Matter #5: Displaced from the Land This fact sheet traces the histories of how local people in northern Manitoba and Labrador were displaced from the land and what that means today.
May 26, 2016
Local Women Matter #6: Modern Resource Extraction This fact sheet 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.
May 26, 2016
Local Women Matter #7: Northern Community Models that Value Local Women This fact sheet outlines four northern community models that value local women. The models show a range of ways to engage local women in communities to influence and deal with issues that arise with local resource extraction.
May 26, 2016
Local Women Matter #8: How Local Women and Northern Communities Can Benefit from Resource Extraction This fact sheet looks at how local women and northern communities can benefit from resource extraction. It focuses on two ways to do this: 1) Impact Benefit Agreements and, 2) the Environmental Impacts Assessment process that happens before a major resource development project begins.
May 26, 2016
Local Women Matter #9: Women Improving Community Well-Being This fact sheet focuses on how local women are improving community well-being. Two examples 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.
May 26, 2016
Local Women Matter #10: Imagining Alternatives for Sustainable Development This fact sheet is about imagining alternatives for sustainable resource development. It 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, and 3) adoption of slow and sustainable ways to use natural resources and 4) community engagement in decision-making that values diverse and marginalized women.
May 24, 2016
Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program & Women Migrant Workers in Canada's North The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) in Canada has been shaped over many decades and has sparked numerous controversies as our understanding of human rights evolves, our national economy shifts, and the dangers workers are left vulnerable to are exposed. This report takes a look at the women who participate in the TFWP and how global economics, Canadian policies, gender stereotypes, and placement location affects their opportunities and experiences within the program. Unique to the analysis is discussion about the experiences of women TFWP participants who are placed in jobs in the North, a demographic that is rarely considered in critiques of the TFWP program.
May 12, 2016
FemNorthNet Submission to Standing Committee on Status of Women: GBA+ in Environmental Assessments In early May 2016, FemNorthNet was invited to make a submission to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women regarding "Gender Based Analysis in the Federal Government". Given our extensive research on the lack of gender based analysis in the assessment of resource development and extraction projects, FemNorthNet submitted a brief about the need for Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) in Environmental Assessment (EA) processes in Canada. The brief summarizes our research findings about the current state of gender-based analysis in EA processes across Canada, discusses how GBA+ could be better integrated into EA processes, and emphasizes the fact that GBA+ could mitigate negative impacts of resource development and extraction projects on diverse northern women.
April 14, 2016
Noreen Careen, a member of FemNorthNet, has lived in Labrador West for 41 years. For the last decade, Noreen has worked as the Executive Director for the Labrador West Status of Women Centre. Through the provision programming for and advocacy on behalf of local women Noreen has come to understand not only how the dynamics of the local mining economy have affected her family, but also diverse women in the community. These audio excerpts, taken from an interview conducted by Victoria Lake (a Masters in Social Work student) in January 2016, capture Noreen’s impressions of how the boom and bust cycle of mining has affected Labrador West and could continue to shape the community into the future.
March 7, 2016
Experiences of Women with Disabilities in Canada's North The fact sheet explores the experiences of women with disabilities in Canada’s North. Based on research with women in FemNorthNet’s partner communities, it illustrates some of the positive aspects of living with disabilities in the North, some barriers to inclusion and access, as well as how resource extraction projects create changes and additional challenges for women with disabilities. The fact sheet identifies some key issues that need to be addressed to increase access and inclusion in the North and provides recommendations and resources relating to those issues.
February 29, 2016
Webinar: Migration, Immigration & Mobility Issues in the North This webinar explores a variety of issues that affect women's decisions to stay in northern communities, move between northern communities, and move out of the North altogether. These issues include experiences of security and violence, housing prices and availability, ability to find and maintain local jobs, and access to the supports and services they may require as they raise families, experience disability, or age. Closed captioning is available on this video and content markers are available via our YouTube channel.

For more information on these topics see and check out FemNorthNet's other publications.
February 26, 2016
Support Systems in Resource-based Towns for an Ageing Population To make northern communities sustainable they must be able to attract and retain a diverse population, from young working families to retired senior residents. This diversity brings with it the jobs, services, and local knowledge communities require to function well. However, there many challenges to supporting senior residents in the North, which leads to many out-migrating to the South to access needed supports and services. This fact sheet takes a closer look at this issue and suggests approaches to overcoming some of these challenges through thoughtful investment, design, and community collaboration.
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