We asked five women to share their perspectives of what it means to be connected to the Bay of Fundy. Over the summer of 2018, each woman documented their close connections to the bay through work, life, or recreational experiences using a video diary app.
The Blue Economy is an emerging concept that focuses on sustainable use and better stewardship of the ocean, but it doesn’t capture the tangible stories of what the ocean means to those involved. There is incredible diversity in the Bay of Fundy, where many economic activities occur within the realm of the Blue Economy. Stories demonstrate that the Blue Economy is more than an under-tapped resource. Despite having many different meanings for different people, the ocean is connected to a deep sense of culture, identity, and wellbeing.
We acknowledge that the lands in coastal New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are traditional unceded territories of the Peskotomuhkati, Wolastoqiyik, and Mi’kmaq peoples.
This project would not have been possible without the participation of the five women whose stories are shared here. Their open-mindedness and time are greatly appreciated. Thank you to their respective communities and workplaces for supporting the making of their video diaries. We are also grateful for the assistance we had in reviewing text from colleagues, friends, and family.