Boom/Bust in Canada: Tempering Canadian Experiences of Resource Dependency

The central research goal is to examine the concept of resiliency within the context of RBCs to address the problematic relationship(s) between resource reliance, community well-being, and adaptive capacity. This will be addressed by using the Municipality of St. John's, NL, The Municipality of Yellowknife, NT and Yellowknife's Dene First Nation, NT as 'regional hubs' to begin to develop case studies to examine resource dependency in Eastern and Northern Canada. Using a series of qualitative semi-structured interviews, there are three objectives.

  1. Theoretical: to investigate how an RBC that has been experiencing rapid growth (or decline) is able to adapt, prepare for, and become resilient to change (e.g. decreasing oil prices).
  2. Practical: to work with the communities of St. John's, Yellowknife, and Yellowknives Dene First Nation to identify additional case study communities to conduct qualitative interviews to understand areas of resident concern to inform municipal policy to help ensure long-term resiliency of the community.
  3. Empirical: to gain experience and understanding of RBCs in order to develop an 'online toolbox' of advice, experiences, and stories as a resource that is publicly and freely accessible to enable RBCs to improve their own resiliency, and in turn, the overall resiliency of the Canadian economy.

Project Lead is Leith Deacon, UAlberta