Recreation and Leisure Studies Professor Bryan Grimwood and co-investigators (including Lori Campbell and Lisbeth Berbary at UWaterloo), have secured a $278,000 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight grant for a project called Unsettling Tourism: Settler Stories, Indigenous Lands, and Awakening an Ethics of Reconciliation. The five-year study will examine tourism's effects on Indigenous lands and peoples, support Indigenous community research capacities to maintain cultural narratives and values, and create spaces for reflecting on and challenging tourism’s role in reconciliation. The study will build on current relationships between academic and Indigenous communities.
"Tourism is a powerful social force that can either foster or thwart the establishment and maintenance of respectful relationships between Indigenous peoples and Settlers called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada," the application said. "This project will expand national and international tourism research and teaching founded on commitments to Indigenous rights, justice, and collaboration."
Grimwood was one of several University of Waterloo researchers to receive a SSHRC grant. See the Office of Research for a list of other recipients.