The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is a division of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Tourist behaviour has often been a bone of contention for local residents around the world. Such was the case in the Northwest Territories recently, when five kayakers went over Alexandra Falls. The stunt was not only dangerous and costly, with two of the kayakers getting hurt and having to be rescued, but it also disrespected sacred land, say the traditional Dene land users.
Allison Holmes, a Recreation and Leisure Studies student who completed her Master of Arts in Tourism Policy and Planning in 2015, used research she had published from her thesis to comment on respectful visitor behaviour in the traditional lands of the Lutsel K'e Dene for CBC News and Radio-Canada. Together with the First Nation, Holmes had written a code of conduct for tourists. She is now a research assistant at Cathexis Consulting in Toronto.
See the CBC news article here.
Read the Radio-Canada story in French here.