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when the producers and consumers of the local products (and landscape) are not affecting the lifestyle of the locals themselves. In Terrace, BC, the perennial question is: How do you balance local fishing access and rights to the river against the tourist industry and German, American, and Albertan visitors? The situation is made more difficult by the fact that remote fishing lodges have only tangential relationships with the community.

If it is currently hard to sell the place identity and associated products, do we see this situation as improvable, as one that can be fixed? How hard do we have to work to create new assets and convince others that they are indeed assets, and valuable products?

Image: StĂŠphane Lavoie. Indigenous man fishes outside Moricetown near Smithers, BC

The quality of context mapping plays a role here. Good context mapping helps to see which form of localism is possible. Localism can never realistically mean that a community is entirely self-sufficient and disconnected; there are always linkages between different scales, there are always flows in and out of a community. Understanding the relationship between community and context, between spatial scales, allows us to see how far localism can go in a particular case, and which form can be more profitable, as we understand then how the local is useful and valued at the higher levels, and, in the other direction, how the local is dependent on the larger context. Context mapping, therefore, is rather useful in figuring out which local products can actually be sold somewhere else. This extends to the place experience itself: maybe people are valuing Amish furniture, but they’re not eager to live in an Amish community.

Pure localism, entirely leaning on local self- organization, becomes harder in a more complex society, and it becomes harder when expectations increase or when local 160

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