Yukon mining community participation in mining: a mobility companion guide for early career workers

Lead Author Susanna, Gartler
Institution Contact Universität Wien Universitätsstrasse 7/C0412 1010 Vienna Austria
Co-Authors Gertrude Saxinger, University of Vienna, Austria
Theme Theme 4: Building Long-term Human Capacity
Session Name 4.5 Work and workers in the Arctic
Datetime Thu, Sep 15, 2016 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Presentation Type Oral
Abstract text A key strategy of canadian government policy of the last decade was to support socio-economic and regional development in northern communities through boosting extractive industry operations. Furthermore, aboriginal participation in the mining labour market as employees or entrepreneurs is a goal. However, boom and bust cycles in this sector and the currently experienced downturn of mining in the Yukon raise the question if mining is indeed a sustainable strategy for development of communities and people´s wellbeing. Considering a next mining boom coming along the way and the numerous projects that are in planning and permit phase an increase of labour demand can be expected in mid-term future. Today this industry operates with the fly-in/fly-out (FIFO) or drive-in/drive-out (DIDO) methods for labour force provision. This requires rotational absence from home for a substantial period of time and living under specific conditions in camps. This paper presents findings of research aiming at a Mobility Companion Guide that shall support early career miners on the basis of stories and recommendations from experienced workers in the mining sectors on how to cope with the specific life-style as mobile rotational shift-worker. This paper draws on examples of mining operations in the Yukon Territory comprising experience from the Mayo region and the Ross River region.
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