A newly released report says industrial camps have significant negative impacts on isolated First Nations communities.
The report says while both aboriginal men and women are impacted, women are particularly hard hit by the influx of outside workers who work at industrial camps.
Report lead researcher Dr. Ginger Gibson says these are already at risk communities.
Gibson points to the transient nature of a workforce that no longer develops roots within a community as part of the problem.
She says their research found the industrial camp model is perpetuating a historic cycle of violence and exploitation.
Ann-Marie Sam is from the Nak’azdli Whut’en and has firsthand experience with what the Mt. Milligan Mine camp did to her community.
The report offers a number of solutions to mitigate these negative impacts for government, industry and also for the communities themselves, adding the province is taking a serious look at the recommendations.
The report full report can be found here.