Stewardship Economist


Tara, hahuuła, is a stewardship economics researcher and Indigenous sustainable development practitioner from the Ahousaht First Nation, house of ƛaqišpiił.

Tara is passionately committed to the principles of stewardship, dedicating her work to exploring innovative approaches to upholding and advancing Indigenous law and governance. Her focus in this area is the intersection of economic considerations as elements of sustainable development and natural resource management within Indigenous law and governance. She has written on topics including non-market valuation and the role it can play for empowerment in Indigenous law and governance contexts. Grounded in her community roots, Tara uses her perspective to challenge and expand economic thought and tools to create opportunities for communities that advance efforts towards intergenerational equity. She holds a PhD from the University of Waterloo, a MSc in Environmental Economics from the University of London SOAS, and a BBA from Vancouver Island University.