Associate; PhD Candidate,
Resources, Environment & Sustainability
6879 Jasper Street
Powell River, British Columbia
Traditional Territory of the ɬəʔamɛn Nation
I am a first-generation Canadian, born in Vancouver to parents of English and Scottish heritage, of the Ross clan of Siorrachd Rois in Northeastern Scotland. My name, Taggart, is a shortening of MacTaggart, meaning 'Son of a Priest', although there hasn't been a priest in my family in living memory. I am husband to Meriko, father to Matsuo, and brother to Nicolas, Mishak, and Camille. My family makes its home in Powell River, on the traditional and treatied territories of the Tla’amin Nation.
My work with Land Forest People combines elements of anthropological research, documentary media, and map-making to support communities in representing their profound relationships to the land and articulating these connections in the support and service of community vision.
I attended Ryerson University in Toronto where I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography in 2008. I worked on coastal tugboats in the Salish Sea while completing a Master of Arts at Royal Roads University's School of Communication & Culture, and I am currently exploring the representation and mitigation of environmental impacts to cultural values through my PhD research at the University of British Columbia. I was previously an Associate Professor at Royal Roads University and have done cultural-geographic research in remote communities in every province and territory in Canada.
Outside of this work, I express my personal connection to the land we share through camping, canoeing, hiking, hunting, and fishing in the places where I grew up, and through these connections I invest myself in the continued health of our plants and animals, our water, and our communities and cultures. I give my sincere thanks to the communities that continue to support me along this path of learning and service. All my relations.