Mapping Life in Fort McMurray

Diverse Relations of People, Oil, and Place (2007-2009)



Driver, Resident for Less than a Year, Interprovincial Move, Refugee from Sub-Saharan Africa, 30s

“I came from a big city [where] everything is run properly. When you come to a little small town, everything is upside down and everybody tells you that you can’t expect everything just take it as it is you know? . . .The first time I come to Canada I went to Winnipeg. I used to live in Winnipeg so it’s not new for me. As long as I get a job, me the weather is not a problem for me, I don’t even care. And the thing is this is – I don’t think this is Canada, Fort McMurray is not part of Canada. . .There’s communities, people there in Toronto, everybody’s like you can say hello to anybody and say hi or whatever but here head is down they are busy they are working. They are like zombies here, nobody has time you know? 12 hour shifts, 7 days a week and they work for 21 days and then everybody wants to get out of here. That’s what the fact is everybody wants to get the hell out of here. They are just here to make the money and do the time. It’s like they are in jail here.”


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