2012 (Age 11)

Rio +20 Earth Summit: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ta’Kaiya attended the following events:

1. Ethics and the Spirituality of Water - Official UN event sponsored by United Religions Initiative (Panelist)

Ethics and Spirituality of Water was a panel moderated by Andre Porto. Panelists included Dr. Reijo Heinonan (theology and ethics professor), David Weaver (Ecumenical Water Network), Rebecca Tobias (United Religions Initiative), eleven year-old Ta'Kaiya Blaney (Sliammon First Nation in British Columbia), and Sundance Chief Reuben George (Tsleil Wathuth People of British Columbia). Speakers from different faiths shared its significance in their culture and custom. “Water acts as threshold to the soul as it stewards our intentions in sacrament and ceremony," said Rebecca Tobias. As long as we remind ourselves and others to hold water as sacred, it will speak to us and propel us in its protection and restoration.

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2. Protest Speech with Youth (Civil Society: Major Group) Event in the UN Headquarters (Broadcast on Brazilian National TV and in Brazilian Newspapers)

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3. UN Official Side Event: Rio +20: Women Leading the Way, Osprey Orielle Lake (Speaker)

At the Rio+20 Earth Summit, the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) was honoured to host a powerful UN Side Event, entitled Women Leading the Way: Mobilizing for an Equitable, Resilient and Thriving Future. The event highlighted women worldwide as innovators and agents of change in mitigating and adapting to climate change and environmental degradation, while also demonstrating a way forward with cross-sector and cross-cultural solutions from the grassroots up. Speakers included Vandana Shiva, Marina Silva, Sheyla Jurana, Ta’Kaiya  Blaney, Sylvia Earle and Ted Turner. The event focused on how we can empower a rights-based approach to sustainability and climate change solutions in order to respect women’s rights, indigenous rights and nature’s rights. Women Leading the Way served as the official launch of the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative (IWECI). The event received great responses including from the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison saying, "Women Leading the Way was the best event we had."

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4. Protest March in Rio with over 50,000 in attendance