Mapping Life in Fort McMurray

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



Tradesperson, Resident for Less than a Year, Interprovincial move, Staying in Work Camp, English Canadian, 20s

“Unfortunately, I had to start from scratch. Or I’m starting from scratch again so that’s why I’m out here. There’s no other place I can think of where I can get ahead quicker, and like I said before things were slow in Toronto so I made a phone call to the Alberta local. If you had asked me three months ago if I would ever take a job with one of the refineries out here and live here permanently I would have said not a chance in hell.”

“Well, just opportunity, how do you draw that? You know, how do you draw a dream?. . . How do you draw loneliness?”


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