Capturing vulnerability: extractive industry risks to for women and families in British Columbia, Canada
Women and families in Northern British Columbia represent the most vulnerable members of society in Aboriginal and Northern communities. As current project approval processes associated with the extractive industry in British Columbia do not fully consider the impact such development can have on the health and well-being of community members, the impacts such projects can have on vulnerable women and children are not generally identified, and thus remain unmitigated.
This presentation describes critical baseline health conditions for women and families in Northern British Columbia and identifies key risks stemming from extractive industry development to vulnerable women for the mining and petroleum sector to consider. This work is part of the Extractive Industry and Community Health project funded by the Vancouver Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.