Courtney Mason

Courtney Mason

Courtney Mason

Name: Dr. Courtney Mason
Position: Canada Research Chair (SSHRC)
Phone: 250-828-5446


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Indigenous Health and Education.
Histories of Tourism, Parks and Protected Areas.
Rural Food Security and Sovereignty.
Ecotourism and Development.
Health and Sport History/Sociology.
Sporting Institutions and Megaevents.
Colonial Power and Politics.
Postcolonial and Poststructural Power Relations.

Research Interests

Courtney Mason completed his PhD (2005-2010) at the University of Alberta where he investigated the displacement of Indigenous peoples in the formation of Banff National Park. Along with the history of educational institutions on the reserve, his dissertation focused on colonial power relations and the experiences of Nakoda peoples in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. He worked as a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow (2010-2014) with the Indigenous Health Research Group at the University of Ottawa where he contributed to community-based food security and health programs in rural Northern Ontario (Oji-Cree) and the Northwest Territories (Dene and Metis).
He currently is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities at Thompson Rivers University. His SSHRC and Health Canada funded research examines how Indigenous communities negotiate pressing health and education issues in the backdrop of enduring colonial legacies. His collaborative research, with both urban and rural communities, identifies the barriers to and facilitators of local subsistence practices and supports community-driven initiatives that enhance local food security and tourism development, while supporting cultural continuities.


SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Health Science
University of Ottawa

University of Alberta

Masters of Human Kinetics,
University of Windsor

Honours Kinesiology (History Minor),
Wilfrid Laurier University


1. Books
Michael A. Robidoux., Courtney W. Mason. (eds.), A Land Not Forgotten: Indigenous Food Security and Land-Based Practices of Northern Ontario. (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2017).

Courtney W. Mason. Spirits of the Rockies: Reasserting an Indigenous Presence in Banff National Park (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014, 285 pages).

2. Recent Refereed Journal Articles

Nickolas Kosmenko**, Kelsey Boule**, Tara-Leigh McHugh, Leisha Strachan & Courtney W. Mason. Relevance of an Existing Knowledge-To-Action Model to Research Involving Indigenous Youth. Revue PHEnex Journal (Accepted: April 2019).

Pate Neumann** & Courtney W. Mason. Managing Land Use Conflict Among Recreational Trail Users: A Sustainability Study of Cross-Country Skiers and Fat Bikers. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. 2019.

Kelsey L. Boule** & Courtney W. Mason. Ethical Issues in Sport Hunting and Tourism Economies: Stereotypes, Sustainability and Inclusion in British Columbia's Hunting Industries. Sport History Review 50, 1, 2019, 93-115.

Leisha Strachan, Tara-Leigh McHugh & Courtney W. Mason. Understanding Positive Youth Development in Sport Through the Voices of Indigenous Youth. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology 40, 6, 2018, 293-302.

Courtney W. Mason, Tara-Leigh F. McHugh, Leisha Strachan & Kelsey L. Boule**. Urban Indigenous Youth Perspectives on Access to Physical Activity Programs in Canada. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 11, 4, 2018, 543-558.

Heather Thompson**, Courtney W. Mason & Michael A. Robidoux. Hoop-style Greenhouse Gardening in the Wapekeka First Nation as an Extension of Land-Based Food Practices. Arctic Journal 71, 4, 2018. 387-401.

Josephine Howitt and Courtney W. Mason. Ecotourism, Environmental Practices and Sustainability in Rural Costa Rica. Journal of Rural and Community Development 13, 1 2018, 67-84.

Sonia Wesche, Michael A. Robidoux, Meagan Ann OHare and Courtney W. Mason. From the Ground Up: Building Indigenous Food Security in the Northwest Territories through Land-Based Programs. Canadian Food Studies 3, 2 2016, 22-48.

Courtney W. Mason. The Banff Indian Days Tourism Festivals. Annals of Tourism Research 53, 2015, 77-95.

Stephen Adams, Courtney W. Mason and Michael A. Robidoux. If You Do Not Want to Get Hurt, Do Not Play Hockey: The Uneasy Efforts of Hockey Injury Prevention in Canada. Sociology of Sport Journal 32, 3, 2015, 248-265.

3. Book Chapters
Courtney W. Mason. Colonial Encounters, Conservation, and Sport Hunting in Banff National Park. In. Carly Adams (ed.), Sport and Recreation in Canadian History. (Windsor: Human Kinetics, 2019, 87-111).

Desiree Streit and Courtney W. Mason. Traversing the Terrain of Land-Based Education and Health for First Nations Youth: Connecting Theory to Practical Program Development. In. Michael A. Robidoux and Courtney W. Mason (eds.), A Land Not Forgotten: Indigenous Food Security and Land-Based Practices of Northern Ontario. (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2017, 85-123).

Courtney W. Mason and Michael A. Robidoux., (eds.), Restoring Local Food Systems: A Call to Action. In. Michael A. Robidoux and Courtney W. Mason (eds.), A Land Not Forgotten: Indigenous Food Security and Land-Based Practices of Northern Ontario. (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2017, 146-157).

Employment History

2015 to current.
Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities (SSHRC)
Tourism Management Department
Thompson Rivers University

2015 to current.
Adjunct Professor
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Ottawa

2012 to 2014
Senior Research Fellow
Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Ottawa

Courses Taught

TMGT 4020 Graduate Seminar

TMGT 4980 Globalization, Sport and Megaevents

EVNT 4980: Global Inequalities, Sport and Tourism

TMGT 4990: Honours Thesis

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Professional Affiliations

North American Society of Sport History (NASSH), Member, 2003-present.
North American Society of Sport Sociology (NASSS), Member, 2004-present.
Biopolitica, Chile, Affiliated Researcher, 2009-present.
Body, Movement and Culture Research Group, Canada, Affiliated Researcher, 2009-present.
Centre for Recreation Research, New Zealand, Affiliated Researcher, 2009-present.
Australian / New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS), 2010-present.
Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), 2010-present.
Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society, 2013-present.