Dr. Courtney Mason
Position: Canada Research Chair (SSHRC)
LinksHomepage URL: courtneymason.sites.tru.ca
InterestsIndigenous 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 InterestsCourtney 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.
EducationSSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Indigenous Health Research Group
University of Ottawa
University of Alberta
Masters of Human Kinetics,
University of Windsor
Honours Kinesiology (History Minor),
Wilfrid Laurier University
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. Refereed Journal Articles
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.
Courtney W. Mason and Josh Koehli. Barriers to Physical Activity for Aboriginal Youth: Implications for Community Health, Policy and Culture. Pimatisiwin: Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health 10, 1, 2012, 97-108.
Courtney W. Mason. The Buffalo Nations/Luxton Museum: Tourism, Regional Forces and Problematizing Cultural Representations of Aboriginal Peoples in Banff, Canada. International Journal of Heritage Studies 15, 4, 2009, 351-369.
Courtney W. Mason. The Construction of Banff as a Natural Environment: Sporting Festivals, Tourism and Representations of Aboriginal Peoples. Journal of Sport History 35, 2, 2008, 221-239.
Courtney W. Mason. The Glengarry Highland Games, 1948-2003: Problematizing the Role of Tourism, Scottish Cultural Institutions and the Cultivation of Nostalgia in the Production of Identities. International Journal of Canadian Studies 34, 2007, 13-38.
Courtney W. Mason. Rethinking the Revival of the Glengarry Highland Games: Modernity, Identity and Tourism in Rural Canada, 1880-1948. Sport History Review 36, 2, 2005, 130-153.
3. Book Chapters
Courtney W. Mason and Michael A. Robidoux., (eds.), Food Security in Rural Indigenous Communities. 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, 1-15).
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).
Pirkko Markula and Courtney W. Mason. Doing Foucauldian Sport History. In. Murray Phillips and Richard Pringle (eds.), Examining Sport Histories: Power, Paradigms and Reflexivity (West Virginia: FIT Publishers, 2013, 193-224).
Courtney W. Mason. Consuming the Physical and Cultural Practices of Aboriginal Peoples: Spaces of Exchange, Conflict and (Post)colonial Power Relations, In. John Hughson, Clive Palmer and Fiona Skillen (eds.), The Role of Sports in the Formation of Personal Identities: Studies in Community Loyalties (London: Edwin Mellen Press, 2012, 57-81).
Courtney W. Mason. The Bridge to Change: Apartheid Policy, South African Sport and the Olympic Boycott Paradigm, In Stephen R. Wenn and Gerald P. Schaus (eds.), Onward to the Olympics: Historical Perspectives on the Olympic Games (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006: 285-297).
Employment History2015 to current.
Canada Research Chair in Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities (SSHRC)
Tourism Management Department
Thompson Rivers University
2015 to current.
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 TaughtTMGT 4020 Tourism Studies Graduate Seminar
TMGT 4980 Globalization, Sport and Megaevents
Please visit my website for more information: http://courtneymason.sites.tru.ca
Professional AffiliationsNorth 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.