Ta’kaiya is from the Tla’Amin First Nation and grew up along the shores of the Salish Sea in British Columbia, Canada. She has spoken at United Nations conferences, environmental events, and classrooms across Canada and internationally. To request Ta'Kaiya to speak at your event, please use the contact form. To view Ta'Kaiya's complete speaking résumé, click here.
OH CANADA: IN HER WORDS
For those who wish to read through some of Ta'Kaiya's speeches, transcripts are available for free download:
1) Letter to Myself 7 Generations in the Future (2015)
PROJECTS & AMBASSADORSHIPS
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 have two headquarters, one in Duncan, BC, in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, and one is Bowen Island in West Vancouver, BC. We support the restoration of wildlife populations in the Salish Sea through training First Nations Youth Cultural Ambassadors and supporting their initiatives.
The Salish Sea World Heritage Site Proposal
Ta'Kaiya will attend, speak and conduct interviews during a press release on Monday, April 24, 2017 for The Salish Sea World Heritage Site Proposal.
The Salish Sea and region has been home to the Coast Salish peoples since time immemorial, and provides critical marine habitat and biodiversity within a unique ocean environment.
An application has been submitted to have the Salish Sea considered for the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tentative List, which the Prime Minister will announce in December. With UNDRIP's 10th anniversary in mind, we are seeking letters of consent from First Nations of the Salish Sea, until April 30th.
If successful, the application will open full consultation, leading to a designation ten years from now - if all parties agree. This initial application enables dialogue and cooperation, reconciliation and healing, and has the potential to bring major benefits and a sustainable development approach to the region. For example, the positive bottom-line cultural and natural protections, and international monitoring and motivation, offers a balance and check to such proposals as tankers and pipelines.
Please send letters of consent to:
Salish Sea Trust
Box 333, Cedar, B.C., V9X 1W1