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Temporary foreign workers
Narrative inquiry
Welcoming communities
Rural Alberta
Rural revitalization
Aboriginal history
Community development
Cultural negotiation
Canadian prairies
Intercultural discourse
Talking circles
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University of Alberta
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Plaizier, Heather Mae
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Lange, Elizabeth (Educational Policy Studies)
Kelly, Jennifer (Educational Policy Studies)
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Clandinin, D. Jean (Masters in Educational Studies)
Department of Educational Policy Studies

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This narrative inquiry uses the talking circle, a discourse process indigenous to the North American prairies, to explore the experiences of recent international migrants to rural Alberta. The immediate intention is to address questions of rural revitalization and the creation of welcoming communities. At a deeper level, it explores the role of history, cultural negotiation, and power relations in community development. It examines place as a critical element of human experience, which has been severed under modern economic regimes. Recommendations for how we might best respond to rural migration challenges include processes for listening and responding to needs, for building trustworthy relationships, and a call to recognize Aboriginal history. Findings also point to the importance of facilitating options for migrants with temporary status in a transient global context. The study advises that learning through attentive intercultural discourse could be integral to recreating democratic communities and establishing sense of place.
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