Research Projects

Community Resiliency and Health Status

Rural sustainability has been recognized as an ongoing issue for some time, particularly because the majority of rural communities depend on one or several resources that provide them with uncertain economic futures. This study was intended to ascertain the links between the experiences and perceptions of resiliency among community members in resource-reliant communities, and the impact of this resiliency on their health status. Inclusion of an urban neighbourhood allowed for further comparisons and understanding of community resiliency within an urban context.

Research projects:

Crowsnest Pass, AB (The Lost Creek Fire, 2003)

Barriere, B.C. (The McLure Fire, 2003)

La Ronge, SK (The Mallard Fire, 1999)

Slave Lake, AB (The Slave Lake Fire, 2011)

NOTE: It is interesting to notice that not all countries name their fires. But in Canada we do name our fires. For the most part, fires are named after some geographic feature that describes it. When a number of fires occur in the same area, fires are assigned a random name (e.g., The Mallard Fire).