Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Barriers in your community
Barriers
• Intergenerational trauma, trust issues
• No safe-house in a small community. Have to fly to closest community. Sometimes also small and still not safe
• Confidentiality or perceived lack of it
• No child care that is safe and reliable
• Culturally appropriate? How do you make something culturally appropriate here in Labrador, because of diverse cultures
• Lack of documented aboriginal knowledge, loss of connection to culture, language and skills
• Transportation
• Lack of anonymity, client related to the service provider
• Competition for money, or lack of funding
• A decrease in human resources
• Increased cost of living (fuel food etc)
• Substance abuse, rehab services are not easily accessible in Labrador
• Fear and labeling or stigma
• Women are primary caregivers, hard to move forward when responsibilities hold you back
• Language
• Spiritual barriers – influx of people from the East, mainly Christian here, a lack of knowledge about cultures
• Slowwwwwwwww internet, many resources are online, lack of support –the geography is spread out – no cell phone reception, web based meetings don't work.
• Having to leave the area for further education, worried for home, property and belongings
• Cultural – planners and attenders
• Lack of interest or buy in "someone else will do it"
• Don't know about available resources
• Age gap in community, a lack of 30-60 year olds (Lab West in particular)
• Diversity of issues and solutions, and people
• Communication between organizations and competition between organizations, and lack of coordination, too many "silos"
• Success measured in numbers but there are not enough, and the risk of cuts – success can be measured in small numbers
• Apathy
• Facilities
• High turnover in organizations
• NL government and $ cuts
• Parents - kids overwhelmed with activities and programs, they need time to choose, they have very little free play – how they learn to be creative and solve problems.
• Lack of volunteers – same people over and over
• The economy seems set to support tourism and not local lifestyle
• Expenses are increasing, money to go to cabin, boat, fishing, hunting, costs are becoming prohibitive and this affects cultural identity, families and youth.
• Rising travel costs – why so much to go "home " to coastal communities? Increased cost based on increasing latitude?
• Lack of supportive living arrangements
• No desire to change – why bother, nothing to going to change, this is just the way it is here. Difficult for service providers to remain motivated in the face of apathy.
• Working around the client and not together with the client.
• Job duties overshadow the clients needs
 
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