Mapping Life in Fort McMurray

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



Tradesperson, Resident for More than a Decade, Intraprovincial Move, English Canadian, 40s

“I grew up here.  It’s different than what it was. It’s a busy town but it’s still kind of small you know compared to Edmonton and Calgary. And everyone that’s up here, there’s one main focus and that’s work and make money right?  There’s a lot of tomfoolery and a lot of nonsense but ultimately that’s why everyone is here right?. . .You know you are dealing with people that are coming up and trying to make a change in their life and trying to make, you know, better compensation and better life.  And all the power to them, right?. . .There’s a lot of camps, you don’t see the people. Like CNRL they fly their people right to location, they are coming from across Canada.”

“Well, I live a pretty simple life right? I go home, spend the evening with the family, get up, go to work. Pretty funny, I finally get the day off to spend with my family and it’s raining . . .My wife works in a hotel in Fort McMurray.  It’s hard.”


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