BC Healthy Communities (BCHC) and Northern Health (NH) are hosting their fifth year of 'Citizens Series’ webinars'. These two hour sessions invite dialogue from northern communities on specific topics that are critical to improving the health outcomes of northern people, recognizing that community and civic involvement is a cornerstone to healthy people and populations.  


Please contact angela@bchealthycommunities.ca
questions about this webinar.


Building on previous years’ webinars exploring resource development in northern BC, this session looks more closely at opportunities and examples of how and why communities, government and industry can work together for a healthier approach.

The abundant natural resources of northern BC have become a flash point for conflict and controversy. Questions that are bringing people, literally and figuratively, nose to nose across barricades of competing ideologies and philosophies include: opposing views of the use to be made of natural resources, how to access them, and who will be the beneficiaries. As much of northern BC’s economic drivers are in the industrial, large scale extraction of rapidly diminishing natural resources, without critical intervention and a pro-active approach, the disputes and conflicts are more likely to escalate than dissipate.

Read the Thinkpiece.


  • Dr. Janis Shandro - Community Health and Safety Specialist, Monkey Forest Consulting Ltd.; Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria, Geography Department
  • Anne Marie Sam - Councillor, Nak'azdli First Nation
  • Kandace Kerr - Research Coordinator, UVic Mining and Community Health Project
  • Dr. Mirko Winkler - Scientist and Public Health Consultant, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Read the speakers' bios.



Host sites have been organized in the following communities:

Prince George, Smithers, Fort St. John and Terrace.

These sites add value to your webinar viewing experience through networking and specific group discussions on the topic as it pertains directly to your community. Contact Angela (angela@bchealthycommunities.ca) about host sites!


  • LEARN from and with leading experts in the field about their insights on the changing paradigm of resource development.
  • DISCUSS the challenges and opportunities of working together across interests and sectors to support a healthier approach to resource development in northern BC and beyond.
  • EXPLORE inspiring examples of pro-active approaches that communities are taking to support a collaborative approach to resource development in the places we live.

  • Community Members and Community Organizations
  • Social Service Providers
  • Business and Industry Representatives
  • Health Professionals
  • Local Governments
  • Educators and Researchers
  • First Nations and Aboriginal Community Organizers
  • Community Developers and Planners



Follow-up discussion will happen through a Community Connector Chat with webinar speakers Kandace Kerr and Anne Marie Sam on TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2015 from 10:00-11:00am (Phone line only).

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