Amenity migration and sustainable development in remote resource-based communities: lessons from northern British Columbia

Tony Jackson, Barbara Illsley, John Curry, Eric Rapaport

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    Development in northern British Columbia (BC) has focused on resource-based exports, frustrating efforts to promote self-sustaining development. The paper reports on a pilot study testing the applicability of the 2006 Vancouver Declaration on a 'new governance paradigm for managing human settlements' to northern BC. Fieldwork focused on two small northern BC settlements. Semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders offered insights into the composition of a 'new regionalism' pathway which exploits the appeal of place to amenity migration, allowing a shift from resource-based dependency towards high added-value professional skills-based employment. The paper explores the evidence for such a shift. Findings indicate that good social capital networks stimulated by pleasant surroundings have promoted more sustainable patterns of local development. Effective territorially-based community governance is seen as important in enabling these settlements to acquire greater
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)26-48
    Number of pages23
    JournalInternational Journal of Society Systems Science
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2008



    • Remote settlements
    • Community governance
    • Amenity migration
    • New regionalism
    • Vancouver Declaration
    • Sustainable development
    • Remote communities
    • Resource-based communities
    • British Columbia
    • Canada
    • Skills-based employment
    • Social capital networks
    • Local development

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