BC Studies Health Article by Firelight: Indigenous Communities and Industrial Camps

Firelight, along with Lake Babine Nation and Nak’azdli Whut’en, has been featured in the summer issue of BC Studies! The article is titled Indigenous Communities and Industrial Camps: Promoting Healthy Communities in Settings of Industrial Change.

This study, initiated by community leaders in the Lake Babine First Nation with the Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation, arose from concerns expressed during pipeline review processes, about the risks experienced by women in Indigenous communities due to closely sited industrial camps. Social and cultural risks of close location of industrial camps often falls under the radar of planning processes. The report was based on key informant interviews and a workshop that brought together Indigenous community members, front line service providers, and industry and government representatives. Policies, programs and strategies were developed for regional mitigation planning for industrial camps, with a focus on promoting healthy workplaces and communities in these settings.

This research was led by Ginger Gibson. The full report is available for download here.