Mining, energy projects near Indigenous communities undermine womens’ safety, experts tell MMIWG inquiry – CBC

by ahnationtalk on September 19, 201890 Views

Big pay cheques and fly-in, fly-out workforce are ‘a bad mixture for women and girls,’ commissioners learn

Sep 18, 2018

Energy and mining projects in remote parts of Canada jeopardize the safety of Indigenous women and their families living there, human rights workers testified Tuesday at Quebec City hearings of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls .

“It’s time for [governments] to step up and see that these projects have an impact on my life and my children’s lives,” said Connie Greyeyes, who is from the Bigstone Cree Nation in Fort St. John, B.C.

Fort St. John, the largest city on the Alaska Highway, has “more strip clubs than bars,” said Greyeyes, with workers flying in from the south to work in the oil, natural gas and forestry industries.

Greyeyes said those labourers often work several weeks in a row under stressful conditions.

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