Courtney Mason completed his PhD 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 Nakoda reserve at Morley, 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 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 Métis).
He currently is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (renewed in 2021) in Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities at Thompson Rivers University. Courtney is cross appointed between Natural Resource Science (Environmental Science) and the Tourism 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.
Current Research Interests:
Indigenous Health and Education Histories of Tourism, Parks and Protected Areas
Rural Food Security and Sovereignty Indigenous and Ecotourism
Health and Sport History/Sociology Sporting Institutions and Megaevents
Sport and Conservation Fishing River Ecology and Restoration Postcolonial Power Relations