Thompson Rivers University

Courtney Mason

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


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Histories of Tourism, Parks and Protected Areas.
Rural Food Security and Sovereignty.
Indigenous Health and Education.
Health and Sport History/Sociology.
Sporting Institutions and Megaevents.
Postcolonial and Poststructural Power Relations.
River Ecology and Restoration.
Sport and Conservation Fishing.

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 (2010-2012) and a Research Associate (2012-2014) 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.


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

Kelsey Boule**, Josie Vayro** & Courtney W. Mason. Conservation, Hunting Policy and Rural Livelihoods in British Columbia. Journal of Rural and Community Development 16, 1, 2021, 108-132.

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 73, 3, 2020, 368-385.

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 28, 3, 2020, 1-19.

Paulina Ross** & Courtney W. Mason. Local Food Procurement, Adaptive Capacities and Resilience to Environmental Change in the Northwest Territories. Canadian Food Studies 7, 1, 2020, 20-43.

Jason Johnston** & Courtney W. Mason. The Paths to Realizing Reconciliation: Indigenous Consultation in Jasper National Park. International Indigenous Policy Journal 11, 4, 2020, 1-27.

Dominique Hazel** & 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 10, 3, 2019: 1-17.

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. 28, 2019: 1-10.

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 History

2015 to current.
Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities (SSHRC)
Tourism Management / Natural Resource Science Departments
Thompson Rivers University

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

Courses Taught

TMGT 4020 Graduating Seminar

TMGT 4980 Globalization, Sport and Megaevents

TMGT 4990 Honours Thesis

TMGT 4980 Indigenous Tourism: Colonial Power, Politics and Practices

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Professional Affiliations

North American Society of Sport History (NASSH)
North American Society of Sport Sociology (NASSS)
Biopolitica, Chile, Affiliated Researcher.
Body, Movement and Culture Research Group, Canada, Affiliated Researcher.
Centre for Recreation Research, New Zealand, Affiliated Researcher.
Australian / New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS).
Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA).
Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society.
International Polar Tourism Research Network (IPTRN).


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