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. Recent Refereed Journal Articles
Pate Neumann** and Courtney W. Mason. Managing Conflict Among Recreational Trail Users: A Sustainability Study of Cross-Country Skiers and Fat Bikers. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism (Submitted: May 2018).
Courtney W. Mason, Tara-Leigh McHugh, Leisha Strachan and Kelsey L. Boule**. Urban Indigenous Youth Perspectives on Access to Physical Activity Programs in Canada. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health (Submitted: March 2018).
Heather Thompson, Courtney W. Mason and Michael A. Robidoux. Hoop-style Greenhouse Gardening in the Wapekeka First Nation as an Extension of Land-Based Food Practices. Arctic Journal (Submitted: February 2018).
Kelsey L. Boule** and Courtney W. Mason. Ethical Issues in Sport Hunting and Tourism Economies: Stereotypes, Sustainability and Inclusion in British Columbia Hunting Industries. Sport History Review (Submitted: February 2018).
Leisha Strachan, Tara-Leigh McHugh and Courtney W. Mason. Understanding Positive Youth Development in Sport Through the Voices of Indigenous Youth. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology (Submitted: January 2018).
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 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).
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 Graduate Seminar (Tourism Studies)
TMGT 4980 Globalization, Sport and Megaevents
EVNT 4980: Global Inequalities, Sport and Tourism
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.