Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador

View of the still Grand River from the green shoreline of Happy Valley - Goose Bay beneath a blue sky filled with fluffy clouds.Happy Valley-Goose Bay is a town of 7,552 people located in central Labrador. Historically Goose Bay was a key airbase for NATO. Currently, Happy Valley-Goose Bay is a strategic location for mining exploration and development in central and eastern Labrador, including the Voisey’s Bay development by Vale Inco. The recently announced hydroelectric project at the Lower Churchill Falls will also impact the community. Both developments require negotiations and agreements with the Inuit and Innu, which are two of the three major indigenous groups in the area along with the Metis. 

FemNorthNet has worked with the community to study the different developments and their effects on diverse groups of women and the broader community. 


Happy Valley - Goose Bay Restructuring Watch

Map of Happy Valley Goose Bay

Claiming Our Place: Project Overview

Claiming Our Place webpage

The Dirt on Clean Energy (2016)- The Lower Churchill hydroelectric dam and Maritime Link are two developments that will significantly reshape the way energy is produced, delivered, and used in the Maritime provinces. This video explains the "clean" energy project and examines some of the impacts it has had and will have on Labradorian communities. [Video - 10 minutes]

Claiming Our Place: Women and Resource Development in the North (2015) - Take a sneak peak at the process that brought diverse women from Happy Valley - Goose Bay together to discuss the changes coming to their community as a result of the Lower Churchill hydroelectric project. [Video - 7 minutes]

Social Media for Community Action: Collaborate, Communicate & Coordinate with Free Online Tools (2015) by Alison Froese-Stoddard, Gail Baikie & Libby Dean – This guide was created based on best practices for social media use discovered during the Claiming Our Place project. Local women used social media to connect and discuss their concerns about the Lower Churchill hydroelectric dam project, which were not receiving coverage in the mainstream media. Findings from this social media project are summarized in this poster.

The Maritime Link Project: An Intersectional Feminist Policy Analysis (2014) by Susan Manning - Analysis of the Maritime Link Project between Labrador and Nova Scotia applies FemNorthNet's Resource Development and Extraction Framework to consider the costs and benefits, who was included in project planning, and whether or not social justice was realized through this process.

Developing Women Leaders in Northern Communities: A Key Resource for Northern Development (2014) by Libby Dean & Jane Stinson - Profiles women's leadership development activities in FemNorthNet's partner communities, including Happy Valley - Goose Bay.

Women's Experiences of Dislocation from the Rivers and Land (2014) - This poster provides an overview of the Claiming Our Place project and associated findings. It was presented in December 2014 at the ArcticNet annual conference in Ottawa and garnered great interest amongst both academic and community organizations.

A Message from Mother Earth (2014) by Elizabeth Penashue - This article, published in The Labradorian, expresses respected Innu elder Elizabeth Penashue's concerns about the dam development at Muskrat Falls.

FemNorthNet's contributions to Muskrat Falls development dialogue: