“When it comes to Indigenous peoples and Indigenous women in this territory it’s kind of out of sight, out of mind.” – Helen Knott, Prophet River First Nation
Increased crime. Food and housing priced out of reach for low income families. Increased drug and alcohol abuse. Increased sexual exploitation of women. Erosion of Indigenous cultures and traditions.
Decades of studies have linked these side effects of large-scale resource development projects—like dams, mines, and oil and gas installations—to social strains in nearby communities. These side effects are also known factors that increase the risk of violence against women and girls. And these same factors can also reduce access to the services and supports needed to help women escape violence.
Why? An influx of mostly male, high-wage workers drives up the cost of living. Those who cannot afford the cost of living are further marginalized. Stressful working conditions can strain interpersonal relationships.