RMWBRegional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (Alberta, Canada)
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Based on my limited fieldwork in RMWB, my understanding of regionalism and of folkloristics, I am confident in the following:
This trend is likewise suggested by the diversity of languages reported in RMWB (309 identified in 2011, up from 183 in 2006).
Third, their physical location in work camps enhances separation from life in the RMWB.
Temporary foreign workers possess a unique legal status in Canada that distinguishes them from other mobile workers who come to the RMWB for oil sands jobs and is relevant to their experiences in Canada described below.
These stresses extend to foreign migrant workers, and thus make the RMWB an important area for study.
One worker who remained in the RMWB while unemployed soon left, discouraged by the lack of job opportunities.
However, the experience for foreign workers is heightened due to their lack of previous connection to the RMWB or Edmonton, their conflicted community identities, and the significant time required to prepare for the Red Seal exam.
Their lack of interaction with community in the RMWB reduced any potential for these new arrivals to perceive the region as their home.
Like other boomtowns the region has a high "shadow population" of mobile workers in industrial and other sectors that by most estimates make up a quarter of the population of the RMWB.
The contributions to this issue generate new questions because they approach Fort McMurray and the RMWB as a particular but deeply interconnected node of globalized and historical activity.