Mapping Life in Fort McMurray

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



Professional Working in Construction, Long Distance Commuting to Region, Asian Canadian, 20s

“Usually you work long days and you just want to go home and sleep…Waking up at 5 in the morning, go down and get some breakfast right? Leave actually the camp by 5:30 and make it to the jobsite by 6:00.  6:30 we had our daily meetings with all the engineers and superintendents, planned out our work and just like any typical construction day, putting up with the work and problems you encounter and problem solving….And doing it all over again the next day.  Get home by 7.  Twelve-hour shift, sometimes it’s more, actually the majority of the time it’s more …We drive back to the camp and go for your shower, go for your supper and, you’re beat. Basically by the time you get up, go home from work you have about 2 hours every evening, maybe less after you shower, eat supper.  You need to sleep again to do it all over again so you can’t really do anything right? You can’t go out, you can’t go to the gym because you are so exhausted unless you sacrifice your sleep and get 5 hours of sleep a night.  And it takes a toll on your body, emotionally and mentally right? . . .You are at work doing different tasks but you wake up, go to work, go home, sleep and you do it all over again right and there’s no change, it’s all routine.”


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