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Critical Reflections on Economic Planning in Thompson: An Analysis of TEDWG

Karla Schulz

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The Thompson Economic Diversification Working Group (TEDWG) was established in 2011 to create plans for moving Thompson away from reliance on the mining sector towards a more diversified economy. As part of this process, the group held consultations with various stakeholders and considered a number of community aspects seen as supportive of or inhibitive to economic development, including demographic composition, housing issues, education, and community identity. In this report, the FemNorthNet project examines how diverse women were included and/or excluded from this process and identifies how women’s perspectives may have differently shaped the TEDWG conclusions. Our hope is to ensure that women are more actively included and supported in the TEDWG process in the future.

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