Split Like a Crutch, by Jonathan Taggart

The Friction of Distance

The reserves of the In-SHUCK-ch Nation are scattered along both sides of British Columbia’s Lillooet River in an expanse of traditional territory stretching 100km north and south between the towns of Pemberton and Harrison Lake. Like many of Canada’s indigenous communities, the settlements of the In-SHUCK-ch exist in isolation; poverty is rampant and infrastructure dearly lacking, and with limited access to health and education resources, the communities of the Lillooet River Valley can be seen to represent a continuation of what has too often been referred to as the “Indian Problem”.  'Split Like A Crutch' explores the cultural impacts of remove in these remote communities as the In-SHUCK-ch Nation attempts to overcome the friction of distance through the BC Treaty process.

Jonathan's research was also featured in multimedia format on Daylight, a photography magazine.