Mapping Life in Fort McMurray

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

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ADAM

“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 … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

JAVIER & CARLA

“We were still living in Venezuela after all these problem with PDVSA [the national oil company]. But the government was closing and closing the north and we say well, we … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

BONNIE

“What I like about Fort McMurray is that even though you’re kind of far from home, there are so many people from Newfoundland here, that you can feel– it’s not … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

BRAD

“My family moved here in 1970 from central Alberta.  My dad moved here to make .70 cents an hour more.  And it was a five-year plan. Fort McMurray starts as … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

EFOSA

“I got a call while I was back home in [Africa] and they were interested in me coming to Fort McMurray. I’m like, where’s Fort McMurray? ‘Oh don’t worry we’ll take … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

CHARLOTTE

“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 … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

ERNEST

“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 … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

GEORGE

“Basically, right out from high school I came up here.  I haul truck, Fort Mac down to Edmonton five nights a week one week, and then the second week I … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

CONNIE

“I’ve been here almost thirty years. I came from Ontario, from Toronto. Actually there was an ad in the newspaper in Toronto for a health worker.  Anyway, when I came … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

GITA

“Four years we have been here. We are originally from India and we lived in the Middle East for some years. I have children. . .We came for landing. We stayed … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

LORI

“Well my husband has been here for – it will be about 6 years now. And for me it will be 6 years in January…We moved back to Alberta because … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

JOAN

“I got a call in June from the local 47 to go to Fort McMurray and I jumped on it. All I had to do is clean the rooms, bathrooms … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

LUCAS

“I used to own a nightclub and then I did a project in Calgary, didn’t work out too well. I decided to move to Montreal. Met someone and it didn’t … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

PENELOPE

“It’s where the large oil companies are and has lots of work even though it’s a small town and small town with lots of opportunities . . .You can start … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

PAULINE

“My husband moved here last year, last December. He had a job with the Alberta government, so because of that we moved up here.  I found [my job with an … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

VICTOR

“Our son came along and no longer was it feasible for me to keep coming home at 8:30 at night completely exhausted. . . I’m physically going downhill, okay, and … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

ROSIE

“We moved here in ‘73, yeah, from Saskatchewan. My husband was out of work, and he had went to the unemployment office back there, there was a job here, so … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

TED

“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 … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

MARTHA

“I came to McMurray right out of high school. Got married. Stayed here and the other option was to go to Edmonton or come to Fort McMurray and I didn’t … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

OSCAR

“I’ve only been just over a year in work camp maintenance, and 12 years prior to that I was tin bashing, and then I trucked before that…Some sites, I was … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

MARK

“I grew up in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. As you probably know the economy there has been in the toilet for 30 years. So my entire growing up I always … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

ALI

“The increased demand for highly skilled people within oil business brought these companies to accept the fact that they don’t have a choice, they have to hire some people who … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

MULAD

“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 … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

MARIE

“There was families in Anzac that were long term families, right? They knew each other for so long and Métis, status, non-Native, all living in this little tiny place where … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

JILL

“When we came here, we came for my husband’s work. He got a job here with Suncor. And for us it was a huge opportunity because we were struggling so … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

HELEN

“You know like for me, for a man it may be different because he has somebody to do his cleanup in the home but me who is a lady, I … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

FRANK

“Hey, I’m up here all week and then I think when I go home I turn around and I might be out to Medicine Hat the next day so I … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

KALEB

“I came in Canada in 2001 and I have been staying in Winnipeg for 5 years. I spent my high school down there and then I worked in a company. … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

TODD

“Dallas North…visually we could have a big funnel, with all the resources of northern Alberta going through the refineries, through Calgary and into Dallas. And there there’s some trees. This … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

BEN

“I was born and raised in Edmonton so come from a big city. You come here and you deal with everything here and you can only take so much. So … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

SHARON

“I mean it’s grown on me.  It was never somewhere where I thought I was choosing to live.  I always was here with a plan of going somewhere else.  But … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

PETE

“This is downtown area, this is downtown. Sometimes I come to downtown visit some bar. Ya I just take the bus to go to the bar have some drinks but … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

KATHRYN

“And the Snye comes down around Mac Island and then out this way but the Snye is where when we come in from Fort Chip and this is where you … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

EVE

“This represents not living month to month. I can have time to learn things and I don’t worry about– So I feel like perhaps I don’t deserve to be where … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment
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