Hi. My name is Ta’Kaiya. I feel that as humans, as participants and beings that walk upon this earth, it is our responsibility to help the earth. We all need to take steps towards a clean and healthy future regarding animals, humans, plants, and the various ecosystems. Our earth is our home. Over the past four years, I’ve been an advocate for providing better qualities of living in Indigenous First Nations territories, and ending the oppression, racism, and corruption we face from our government and within our community.
I’ve spoke at 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 Janeiro. I advocate to change not only the human condition, but also in the condition of our planet. In my culture it’s a fact, and an understanding of life, that everything is connected, and we were put on this earth to be stewards and caretakers of the environment. In my culture, it’s a teaching to do more than connect the dots, to see the picture as a whole. I feel that advocating and speaking at mere conferences isn’t enough. Actions speak louder than words.
I’m inspired by the work you are doing, and the message of protection and change that you are broadcasting to the many generations. I would like to do the same.
Emot (Thank you)
Native Children's Survival Indigenous Children Fund
The importance of establishing a Native Children’s Survival Indigenous Children Fund in this moment, cannot be stressed enough. Elders and cultural carriers of Indigenous traditions and wisdom are dying, and in most regions, before they can effectively pass down their wisdom and cultural teachings to us, the seventh generation. A Native Children’s Survival Indigenous Children’s Fund would specifically address the focus areas stated in the UN Report, The State of the World’s Indigenous People: Culture, Language, Health, Education and Sport, Poverty and Well-being, and Human Rights.
Salish Sea Youth Foundation
As visionary of the Salish Sea Youth Foundation, I hope to bring the whales, sea otters, orcas, salmon and herring back. Our goal is to ignite youth-led initiatives to restore wildlife populations throughout the Salish Sea to more than 50% of historic levels. We are a Canadian First Nations Youth based Foundation, in the process of applying to become a project of Tides Canada. We are headquartered in North Vancouver, BC. We support the restoration of wildlife populations in the Salish Sea through the training of First Nations Youth Cultural Ambassadors, Salish Sea Youth Foundation (SSYF) Youth Councils, SSYF Youth Cultural Transformational Festivals, SSYF Cultural Eco-Tourism Certification Camps, SSYF Cultural Eco-Tours and SSYF Youth Employment in Sustainable Jobs.
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. I will dedicate myself to saving what is near my heart, and the heart of my culture by transforming words into actions, and actions to results. I fight for the recognition of rights, for both Indigenous people and the Environment. 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.