2013 (Age 12)
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) in New York City, NY
Official UN Event at United Nations Headquarters, Commemorating and Celebrating the Rights of Mother Earth for the Seventh Generation: Sharing our Vision of the Past, Present and Future (Speaker)
In honour of the Rights of Mother Earth and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Nations the American Indian Law Alliance, NGO in consultative status with ECOSOC, Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development and Native Children’s Survival presented the screening of Robby Romero’s music picture, Who’s Gonna Save You. A special film message, We Are The Seventh Generation, from Taos Pueblo Day School Students was also screened followed by a panel discussion led by indigenous youth.
Ta’Kaiya Blaney (Sliammon), 12 years old, presented a statement regarding Canada’s treaties with First Nations’ Peoples. She spoke about the modern-day treaty negotiations between the Canadian government and representatives from her nation, and how her nation was in danger of loosing it’s nationhood, land rights and title, and 97% of it’s land for a cash settlement. Ta’Kaiya stated the modern day treaties were a violation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Ta’Kaiya also addressed the rights of First Nations children. Brian Monongye (Hopi), community activist, artist and coordinator of the Native Youth Cultural Exchange and Chisa Oros (Zuni/Yaqui), youth organizer and community coordinator of the Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development, and coordinator of the Native Youth Coalition, made articulate and powerful addresses. Robby Romero and Onondaga Elder, Chief Oren R. Lyons, were a part of the panel along with Tonya Gonnella Frichner (Onondaga). Ms. Gonnella Frichner is President of the American Indian Law Alliance, Chairperson of the Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development, and the past North American Regional Representative to the UNPFII. The panelists addressed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth.