New economic development in northern Canada is changing communities socially, economically, and culturally. FemNorthNet (or the Feminist Northern Network) wants to know the downside of ‘up’ that cannot be ignored. This project is housed at the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW).
How do these economic developments affect women in Northern communities?
What can women do to bring positive change to their Northern communities?
Changing Public Services
Since the global financial crisis of 2008, Canadians have seen waves of changes in public services, including changes in public sector employment, and changing policies and governance approaches that affect the provision of public services and programs at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. The choices governments make now will have long-term effects in communities and regions across the country, and will change what, how and to whom public services are available in Canada. The decisions of one level of government may intensify the effects of changes made by other levels of government, and result in cascading effects. Choices about how and what public services to change will impact both historically marginalized and privileged social groups of women.
Within and across regions, we will develop tools and participatory processes to identify and track changing public services and their impacts. This will increase all women’s access to public services, and help ensure diverse women can influence and inform public services. From what we learn, we will develop future research and action projects. We will communicate and disseminate the findings of this work broadly through fact sheets, articles, presentations, social medias, and creative means.