Land, Settler identity, and tourism memories

Kendra E. Fortin, Chris E. Hurst, Bryan S. R. Grimwood*

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This paper draws on theoretical insights associated with settler colonial studies and a collective memory work methodology to illuminate the multiple and contested meanings of land conveyed in tourism memory narratives of Settler Canadians. As part of a multi-day nature-based tourism experience in June 2019, 16 Settler co-participants wrote, and collectively analyzed, memory texts associated with travel experiences that they felt expressed genuinely Canadian and Indigenous qualities. Thematic analysis of memory narratives and co-participant discussions show how land meanings—specifically, land as organizer, educator, connector, and sustainer—relate to the dynamics of Settler identity. The paper thus builds upon emerging scholarship on tourism and settler colonialism and contributes pathways for decolonizing Settler-Indigenous relations in tourism and tourism research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103299
Number of pages11
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Early online date22 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021
Externally publishedYes

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