Women North Network / Northern FIRE

In 2000, Northern FIRE: The Centre for Women's Health Research at UNBC was established to undertake community development and research activities aimed at exploring and addressing the determinants of women's health in Northern British Columbia.

One major initiative of Northern FIRE was the Women North Project, a community-based research project that gave voice to northern women's health strengths and needs at an individual, organizational and community level.

The Women North Network (WNN) is a primarily web-based network of more than 300 northern women and organizations that provides a mechanism for women to share information and develop joint health-related research, action, and policy initiatives.

Current Research Study


Health Needs of Northern Women 45 Years and Older


Who are Experiencing Precarious/Limited/Underpaid Employment Situations or who are Unemployed


Women North Network/Northern FIRE UNBC Website


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About Women North Network

The Women North project began as a community development/research project facilitated by Northern FIRE: The Centre for Women's Health Research at the University of Northern British Columbia and funded by Status of Women Canada.

At the outset of the project, meetings and community gatherings were organized with women and women-serving organizations in northern British Columbia to talk about women's health and wellness and to discuss how to establish a network that would enable women to develop joint research, action, and policy initiatives in northern, rural and remote communities.

Women from the following communities participated in the community gatherings and are the founding members of the Women North Network:

Mackenzie ~ Robson Valley (Dunster, McBride and Valemount)

Fort St. John ~ Dawson Creek ~ Chetwynd ~ Fort St. James

Prince Rupert ~ Terrace ~ Burns Lake ~ Smithers ~ Houston

~ Prince George ~