Tourism, Nature, and Community: Investigating the Potential of Indigenous Tourism for Fostering Cultural Resilience and Reconciliation

Ferguson, Robert John (2020) Tourism, Nature, and Community: Investigating the Potential of Indigenous Tourism for Fostering Cultural Resilience and Reconciliation. PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire. doi:10.46289/RR32CA54

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This thesis contributes to knowledge by contextualising strategic tourism development to address social inequity, poverty alleviation, and conservation in the contemporary discourse of reconciliation between Canada and its Indigenous peoples. Further contributions can be identified in the implementation of a methodological approach that attempts to overcome dominant Eurocentric knowledge-production systems, which have proven exploitative and harmful to the Indigenous peoples of Canada and therefore lack credibility in the process of advancing mutual understanding and respect between Indigenous and non- Indigenous peoples. Tourism has the potential to be a powerful force for positive change in rural and remote Indigenous communities. However, for the full and mutually positive benefits to be realised, a number of policies, principles, and practice gaps need to be addressed. These gaps place responsibility upon leaders to act with a sense of purpose and urgency to meet the growing demand for Indigenous cultural tourism on Canada’s west coast, while supporting remote and rural Indigenous community resilience and national reconciliation processes. This study employs an innovative methodology that integrates Indigenous and Western research paradigms and principles, with a pragmatic approach that aims to achieve maximum benefit for collaborators. Furthermore, the time period of the study coincides with a dynamic and rapidly changing socio-political culture, resulting in a timely, contemporary analysis of the extent to which Indigenous tourism can support reconciliation initiatives and cultural resilience for communities pursuing explicit community aims.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Indigenous peoples, Canada; First nation peoples, Canada; Inequity; Poverty alleviation; Tourism; Conservation; Reconciliation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Gloucestershire Business School
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2022 15:56
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2022 15:56

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