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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.
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.
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.
February 25, 2016
Resource-based Town Resilience: Strengthening Communities through Long-term Investment Northern towns that rely on resource extraction to sustain their economies face a number of challenges. However, through reinvestment in local infrastructure during boom periods these towns can build the resilience needed to continue thriving even after the “boom” periods have passed. Studies have shown this investment should focus on creating an environment that is supportive of diverse women who want to live, work, and age in their community. This fact sheet explains why and draws upon real-world examples of investment strategies.
February 24, 2016
Housing Market Fluctuations in Resource-based Towns During “boom” periods in northern, resource-based towns the incomes are good, new workers are drawn in, and the demand for local housing goes way up. This can make it difficult for many women to keep a roof over their heads, as women are not often able to access higher-paying resource jobs, local rent prices skyrocket, and subsidized housing is rarely available. Meanwhile, women who are able to afford to purchase homes during the “boom” are often left with unmanageable amounts of mortgage debt when the resource economy inevitably “busts” and high-paying jobs are lost. This fact sheet explores the impacts of resource-based economies on housing prices and diverse women's experiences of living through these "boom" and "bust" markets.
February 23, 2016
Domestic Violence & Violence Against Women in the North Northern development introduces new stresses on northern populations including demanding work schedules, exposure to transient workers, inflated local economies, and greater access to illicit substances. This combination, paired with the legacy of colonization, has contributed to high incidence of violence against women in the North including domestic violence, assault, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Some women are at higher risk due to their personal mobility and migration patterns and the occurrence of these crimes conjointly affects the way diverse women can move through northern spaces and places.
February 22, 2016
Fly-in & Fly-out Communities in Northern Canada In the North, going to work often means getting on a plane and flying to a remote work camp for days or weeks at a time. Known as “fly-in/fly-out” work, the salaries tend to be very good but the nature of the work places immense stress on workers' families, personal health, and ability to establish a routine and connections within their home community. Whether supporting a partner in the industry, attempting to work in it themselves, or simply living in a community full of fly-in/fly-out workers, women face unique challenges in this environment. This fact sheet provides an introduction to these issues and suggestions for further research to begin addressing them.
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