Mapping Life in Fort McMurray

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

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SHELLY

“I came from the Philippines. I applied as a temporary foreign worker. I landed here first in Alberta in Grande Prairie but after two weeks… My employer has a branch … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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