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.
Postcolonial and Poststructural Power Relations.
River Ecology and Restoration.
Sport and Conservation Fishing.
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. He is cross appointed between Natural Resource Science (Environmental Science) and the Tourism Management Department. 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, Health Science
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
Patermax Neumann** & Courtney W. Mason. The Impacts of Climate Change on Trail User Experience, Education and Advocacy in British Columbian Backcountry. Leisure/ Loisir (Submitted: April 2020, 23 pages).
Kelsey Boule**, Josie Vayro & Courtney W. Mason. The Complex Relationships Between Wildlife, Humans, and Contemporary Stakeholders in British Columbias Hunting Practices. Conservation and Society (Submitted: December 2019).
Paulina Ross** & Courtney W. Mason. We hardly have any moose around here anymore: Climate Change and the Barriers to Food Security in the Dehcho Region, Northwest
Territories. Arctic (Revised and Resubmitted: March 2020).
In Press or Published:
Jason Johnston** & Courtney W. Mason. Rethinking Representation: Shifting from a Eurocentric Lens to Indigenous Methods of Sharing Knowledge in Jasper National Park, Canada. Journal of Parks and Recreation Administration (Accepted: March 2020).
Paulina Ross** & Courtney W. Mason. Local Food Procurement, Adaptive Capacities and Resilience to Environmental Change in the Northwest Territories. Canadian Food Studies (In Press: March 2020).
Jason Johnston** & Courtney W. Mason. The Paths to Realizing Reconciliation: Indigenous Consultation in Jasper National Park. International Indigenous Policy Journal 11, 4, 2020.
Dominique Haze**l & Courtney W. Mason. The Role of Stakeholders in Shifting Environmental Practices of Music Festivals in British Columbia, Canada. International Journal of Event and Festival Management 11, 2, 2020: 181-202.
Jason Johnston** & Courtney W. Mason. The Struggle for Indigenous Representation in Canadian National Parks: The Case of the Haida Totem Poles in Jasper. Journal of Indigenous Research 8, 1, 2020: 1-14.
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jort.2019.04.002
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.
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
TMGT 4980 Globalization, Sport and Megaevents
EVNT 4980: Global Inequalities, Sport and Tourism
TMGT 4990: Honours Thesis
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.