Young First Nation Singer Songwriter & Activist 2018 Leo Award Nominee
Seventeen year old Ta’Kaiya Blaney lives in North Vancouver and is from the Tla’Amin First Nation and grew up along the shores of the Salish Sea in British Columbia, Canada.
As a singer-songwriter, Ta’Kaiya has performed all over the world in a wide variety of venues. Her music has also been featured in TV and film.
"Shallow Waters", is one of 5 songs co written by Ta’Kaiya and her singing instructor/professional songwriter/pianist Aileen De La Cruz.
Ta’Kaiya is also known for singing "Amazing Grace" in the Sliammon language, translated by her grandfather.
Ta’Kaiya began working with Aileen since the age of 5. She began singing at pow wows and cultural events in both BC and Washington State at the age of 6. Ta’Kaiya has also recorded the songs "Carried Away," "Watching Over Me," and "Wonderful, Beautiful", and "Ajoomish Gloklas" (Amazing Grace)
Despite being such a young age, Ta’Kaiya has already spoken at the UN meeting across the globe, including The TUNZA UN children and youth conference on the environment in Bandung Indonesia, and the Rio+20 UN conference on the environment In Rio de Janiero.
She advocates change not only for the human condition, but also in the condition of our planet. Ta’Kaiya believes in her culture it’s a fact that everything is connected. "We were put on this earth to be stewards and caretakers of the environment."
This young First Nations performer has a big voice and an even bigger spirit. Ta’Kaiya would be pleased to share her Native traditions and passion for today’s issues with your delegates.
Earth Revolution is a movement of both indigenous and non-indigenous people fighting together for the same future; furthermore, a global action, fabricated of empowered and inspired children and youth. Ta’Kaiya will dedicate herself to saving what is near to her heart, and the heart of her culture, by transforming words into actions and actions to results.
She fights for the recognition of rights for both indigenous people and the environment. Ta’Kaiya calls for a worldwide full implementation of the UN declaration of the rights of indigenous peoples and adoption and full implementation of the declaration of the rights of mother Earth.
These visions and aspirations for a bright and beautiful future are more than dreams, they are missions. It is one thing to chase your dream, it is another to chase your future.