Pictured above: Carmen Massey (Centre) Fauve Garson-Stewart (right) and Colleen Black (left) students at TRU at the ICNT conference in South Africa.
Thompson Rivers University was well represented at the recent International Competence Network of Tourism Research (ICNT) conference at Northwest University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Carmen Massey, TRU Masters of Science Environmental Science candidate working in the Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities lab, presented her research on the role of relationships in sustainability at the Adams River salmon run. TRU tourism undergraduate students Fauve Garson-Stewart and Colleen Black presented their UREAP research projects related to responsible tourism.
Carmem Massey, Exploring the Network of Relationships at the Adams River Salmon Run, British Columbia, Canada.
Pictured above from left: Kelsey Boule, Dr. Courtney Mason and Dominique Hazel.
At TRU’s October graduation ceremony, the Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities Laboratory celebrated its first two graduates. Dominique Hazel and Kelsey Boule both successfully defended their masters’ theses this past summer.
Kelsey relocated to the lower mainland and is now working for Simon Fraser University. Dominique has joined the team at TRU’s Research Office.
Congratulations to both of them for all of their hard work and mentorship!
Academics, scientists, Indigenous Elders and knowledge keepers, students, youth, community members, conservationists, politicians and industry partners gathered for the inaugural Shuswap Salmon Symposium, September 30 and October 1 in Squilax, BC. The Symposium was held at the site of the Adams River Salmon Run. The gathering was focussed on discussing salmon conservation from multiple perspectives, including: traditional knowledge, community, art, science, law, culture, spirituality, governance, management and economics.
TRU Masters of Science, Environmental Science candidate, Carmen Massey, TRU Bachelor of Tourism alumni, Julie John, TRU Dean of Science, Tom Dickenson, TRU Canada Research Chair, Courtney Mason, and TRU Executive Director of Aboriginal Affairs, Paul Michel, were instrumental in bringing together the Salmon Symposium in collaboration with The Adams River Salmon Society and Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band, and numerous community members, industry and conservationist partners. TRU students and faculty from Science, Law, Business and Tourism were in attendance for this in augural event. The action planning sessions and feedback reports reflect a strong desire to move this multi-disciplinary conversation forward in the future.
On August 19th, 2018, Dr. Courtney Mason was on Local Radio Kamloops NL’s Talk to the Experts Program. Have a listen here:
Our collaboration with White Buffalo: Indigenous Urban Services, to deliver land-based youth programs was recently profiled by TRU. Thank you to all who were involved with this spring’s event at McConnell Lake.
Waiohine River, Tararua Mountains, Aotearoa
This spring Courtney Mason journeyed down to Aotearoa to conduct collaborative research with Dr. Anna Carr at the University of Otago. Their research is part of a three year SSHRC IDG grant that examines how Indigenous communities in Western Canada and New Zealand are engaged in national park management. Courtney presented at Otago in March while Anna returned the favour at TRU in June. They both then travelled together to the Yukon to present at the 6th International Polar Tourism Research Network Conference in Whitehorse.
The following presentations resulted:
Courtney W. Mason. “Indigenous Tourism in Rural Canada: Histories of Displacement and Contemporary Partnership Development.” Presented to the School of Tourism, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, March 14, 2018.
Anna Carr. “Cultural Landscapes and Sustainability: Recognizing Cultural Values in Protected Areas.” Presentation at Thompson Rivers, Kamloops, BC, June 18, 2018.
Courtney W. Mason, Anna Carr & William Snow. “Indigenous Tourism in Rural and Northern Canada: Histories of Displacement and Contemporary Economic Development.” Paper Presented at 6th International Polar Tourism Research Network Conference (IPTRN), Whitehorse, YK, Canada, June 27, 2018.
Anna Carr, Courtney W. Mason & William Snow. “Indigenous Heritage Management in Alpine Areas.” Paper Presented at 6th International Polar Tourism Research Network Conference (IPTRN), Whitehorse, YK, Canada, June 27, 2018.
Anna at Paul Lake, near Kamloops, BC.
Kluane National Park, Yukon.