Mapping Life in Fort McMurray

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



Professional in Oil Industry, Resident for Several Years, Immigrant from Europe, 30s

I think that respect is a problem here. People don’t respect diversity, they struggle with it.  We try to teach people in our company, for example, that people from diverse cultures is a good thing, that everyone, you know, has equal amounts of things to give to an organization, but I see it, the Canadian people don’t like the fact that there are a lot of people coming from outside . . .Maybe it’s not being used to different cultures as well because there’s a big Indian community here, East India and there’s a big Venezuelan community as well. I think it has caused a little rift in the workplace because the English is a problem sometimes...

I’d like to stay in Canada until my kids are ready to go to university but I can’t see myself working in Canada after that.  Personally, I loved the kind of life we had before where you could just go anywhere in the world. I’d like to get back to that. Just go anywhere. I’d like to go work in Asia. I’d like to go back to Africa actually.”

 “Okay so I guess the center of my life in Fort McMurray is family. Okay so I guess the thing that comes next to family is work and I work in the oil sands and then around about work I have numerous people I have to work with every day, unfortunately.


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