TA'KAIYA'S RÉSUMÉ

SINGING/SPEAKING / U.N. APPEARANCES / ACTING (ON-CAMERA & VOICE) / PRESS
 

AWARDS

  • 2009 Leo Award Nomination: Best Female performance in a Short Film - Shi Shi Etko
  • 2010 Leo Award Nomination: Best Female performance in a Short Film - Savage
  • 2011 We Canada Champion: Chosen as a youth to show leadership at the Earth Summit Rio +20
  • 2012 Recipient of the Christopher Benchley Youth Award (Peter Benchley Ocean Award Series, Hero of the Sea)
  • 2012 Presentation Award for the role played in the Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference from the Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centers
  • 2013 Women in Film and Television (WIFTS) IT Award
  • 2103 Green Living Award in recognition of youth leadership for the environment, green Living Show, Toronto ON
  • 2014  United Religions Initiative (URI): Presented with a key in recognition of youth leadership in improving lives of indigenous peoples
  • 2014 John Gibbard Award, UN Association of Canada, Vancouver Branch in recognition of her contribution to indigenous rights and the environment

CULTURAL HONOURS

  • 2013 Presented with a Cedar Regalia Cape, Skirt and Purse woven by traditional cedar bark weavers from the Squamish Nation (2013)
  • 2014 Presented with a Cedar Regalia Cape woven by traditional cedar bark weavers Mary and Richard Snowden, Lummi Nation, WA in a ceremony with witnesses  
  • 2014 Presented with a traditional buckskin dress sewed by traditional leatherworker, Frank Snowden, Lummi Nation, WA in a ceremony with witnesses
  • 2009 Gifted a blanket in appreciation of Ta'Kaiya's opening prayers at the Daybreak Star Pow Wow opening ceremonies
  • 2011 Gifted with a rattle from Elders in James Bay, Ontario (to stop the damming of their river)
  • 2012 Gifted a rattle from an Indigenous Leader in Brazil (to unify indigenous youth in North and South America)
  • 2011 Gifted a carved bear made by the children in Bella Bella for her work and songs, and traditional jewelry, upon her performance in the classrooms and school assembly
  • 2010 Gifted blankets for her singing and speech by Makah, Swinomish and Snohomish Nations in Washington State

2011 (AGE 10) | SINGING & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Enbridge AGM - Ta’Kaiya addressed the CEO about the company’s proposed tar sands pipeline through sacred habitats
  • Comox, BC  Earth Day Festival
  • Canada Day Celebration in Powell River, BC
  • Bella Bella School Assembly
  • Gathering Our Voices Environmental Film Festival, Bella Bella, BC
  • Marine Protected Areas Congress, Victoria, BC 
  • Father’s Day Pow Wow, Vancouver, BC
  • Rhizome Café in Vancouver: Solidarity with the Dene Suline (Tar Sands Expansion)
  • KinderMorgan Plant Rally re: Tar Sands proposed expansion pipeline, Burnaby, BC
  • Wild Salmon Warriors Rally and evening event
  • Indigenous Peoples Against Mining Rally
  • Occupy Vancouver Press Conference
  • ‘Save the Fraser Declaration’ Vancouver Press Conference with 61 First Nations Chiefs in attendance
  • Tunza’ Children and Youth of the Road to Rio+20 in Bandung, Indonesia,
  • TEDX SFU


2012 (AGE 11) | SINGING & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Chiefs of Ontario Indigenous Youth Engagement Event, James Bay, Ontario
  • Freedom Train to protest Enbridge Pipeline - Traveled from Vancouver, BC to Toronto, Ontario, with the people and Chiefs of the Yinka Dene Alliance
  • Redwire Event in Vancouver, BC
  • 1st Greenpeace Day in Vancouver (Greenpeace’s 40th Anniversary)
  • Rally in Prince Rupert, BC against Enbridgw
  • Whale Festival in Tofino, BC
  • Outside Enbridge Environmental Hearings in Comox, BC
  • Gathering Our Voices Youth Forum in Nanaimo, BC - Facilitated a youth workshop
  • Earth Day Parade and Rally, Grandview Park, Vancouver, BC
  • The Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill March and Rally at the Enbridge Offices in Vancouver BC
  • BC Fundraiser Dinner with David Suzuki to help the Gitgat Nation fight the pipeline: “Cooking for a Cause.”
  • International Choir Festival in Powell River “Kathalmaux.” Sang:Blue Green Waters.”
  • Youth Conference in Fraser Lake, BC. Spoke with the Nadleh Youth
  • Pow Wow in London, Ontario
  • Enbridge AGM Rally and March in Toronto
  • BC Teacher’s Federation AGM in Vancouver, BC - Opening speaker
  • IdeaCity Conference 2012in Toronto, Ontario
  • Salish Sea Festival in North Vancouver, BC
  • Swedish Environmental Protection Agency in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Townhall Meeting regarding Kinder Morgan expansion in Burnaby, BC
  • BC Artists for the Great Bear Rainforest Fundraiser, hosted by Robert Bateman, Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, BC
  • WE CANADA Train Tour from Ottawa to Toronto, Ontario. Two weeks, traveling and speaking and singing at 6 schools and community centers including: Quintee Mohawk Elementary School at Tyondenaga, Antelope River Elementary at Chippewa-on-the-Thames, and the Kingston Friendship Centre.
  • No Tankers Ball, Vancouver Island
  • Youth for Climate Justice Earth Day speech and music, Grandview Park, Vancouver, BC
  • Share International Radio Conference interview
  • Keynote Presenter, Galiano Island Community Hall
  • Richmond, BC Aboriginal Childcare Conference, keynote
  • Orebro, Sweden Trip, Urban Youth Choir Festival
  • Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC Aboriginal Social Innovation Conference Keynote Speaker
  • Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre keynote speech, Indigenous Women's Perspective on Tar Sands
  • Idle No More Rally in Courtenay, BC

2013 (AGE 12) | SINGING & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Idle No More Rally City Hall, Vancouver
  • Forest Ethics: Oil Spills Event - Speaker for Kalamazoo Spill, singer and presenter
  • Vancouver, BC Northern Gateway Review Panel - Presented testimony
  • Idle No More Round Dance, Metrotown
  • Green Living Show, Toronto, Ontario
  • Philadelphia, Pennsyvania: Powershift, Keynote and Music
  • Youth for Climate Justice Earth Day Speech and Music, Grandview Park, Vancouver, BC
  • Enoch First Nation Recreation Center: Edmonton Youth Conference
  • Sault St. Marie, First Nations ONECA Conference Keynote
  • Spirit of Wild Salmon Gala Dinner, Chilliwack, BC
  • Lummi Academy Presentation Concert
  • GREASE Summer Theatre, West Vancouver, BC (cast member)
  • Haida Gwaii, Edge of the World Festival, Speaker and Music
  • Orebro, Sweden, Urban Youth Choir Festival. Fred and Gunnel Schoberg
  • UN Celebration for International Day of Peace, Music
  • Youth Blast Conference, UN, NYC : Major Group of Youth and Children (outside UN Headquarters)The World We Want
  • Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver. West Coast Oil and Pipeline Summit and Gala, cities of Vancouver and Burnaby, Tsleil-Waututh Nation: Explore Energy Alternatives and Raise Public Awareness on the Tar Sands
  • Seattle, Washington Water Symposium, Nov. St Mark’s Cathedral
  • West Vancouver, BC. Gleneagles Elementary Presentation
  • Anti Coal Port Rally, New Westminster Quay, Vancouver, BC
  • Youth for Climate Justice Earth day Speech and Music, Grandview Park, Vancouver, BC
  • Powershift Victoria, BC
  • PowershiftPittsburg, Keynote, Music, PA
  • CPAWS AGM in Vancouver, BC, Keynote and Music
  • UBC, Suzuki Elders, Keynote and Music
  • Aboriginal Education Conference, Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC, Speaker and Music
  • Scandanavian Cultural Center, St. Lucia`s Day Celebration, Speaker and Music
  • UBC 21st Annual Marine Mammal Symposium, Speaker and Music
  • Los Angeles, CA. Women's International Film and Television Showcase Awards (WIFTS) Acceptance Speech IT  
  • Indigenous Reseach Advisory Committee, Youth Representative Southwest BC Bioregional Food Systems Design and Planning Project, Kwantlen College


2014 (AGE 13) | SINGING & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • World Parks Congress, Sydney, Australia
  • Douglas College Aboriginal Gathering Space Idle No More, Douglas College, Vancouver BCSpecial Speaking Event
  • Lionsgate Academy Assesmbly School Presentation K-12, North Vancouver, BC
  • Concert 4 Change, Capilano Univeristy Student's Union
  • Do it Green Youth Conference Rock Ridge Secondary School, Burnaby, BC
  • Aboriginal Education Department, School District #57 Prince George School District, 2 appearances
  • March, Speech at Sliammon Treaty Signing in Powell River, BC Protest
  • Pelican Falls High School in Sioux Lookout, Ontario
  • Thunder Bay, Ontario, Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School
  • Stronger Nations Conference in Richmond, BC, Keynote
  • United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Intervention sponsored by Native Children's Survival and American Indian Law
  • San Francisco, CA:  United Religions Initiative (URI), Global Indigenous Initiative (GII): Hidden Seeds of Natural Healing & Curing, a gathering of 33 Indigenous representatives from six continents, including two youth leaders
  • Rally and Music: CBC Station: Vancouver, BC. Canada announcement to Proceed with Enbridge Pipeline
  • Healing Walk in Alberta Tar Sands, Youth Digital Storytelling Project
  • International Indigenous Leadership Gathering, Fountain, BC (Lillooet)
  • North Vancouver, BC Salish Sea Summer Gathering
  • Rock the North, Hazelton, BC
  • Canim Lake Indian Band Presenter and Music
  • NATSUMA Alliance Talking Circle: Seattle, WA Speaker and Music
  • Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary Foundation Grand Opening Event: Speaker, Singer and Slideshow, Videos. Event attended by Mona Polaka, one of the “13 Indigenous Grandmothers”
  • St John’s University, NYC  Panelist: Canadian Tar Sands Talk
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus, NYC. Indigenous Youth Music Festival, Speaker and Singer
  • The New School: NYC, Frack Off: Indigenous Women Leading Media Campaign to Defend our Planet, Presenter
  • Peoples Climate March, NYC, front line of the March with other indigenous youth
  • End of March Music Stage 38th and 11th Avenue, NYC Stage 4
  • Music with Steve Addabo, Guitarist and Producer, Shelter Island Sound/AGF Entertainment
  • Onstage with Peter Yarrow and Chorus
  • Flood Wall Street Civil Disobedience: “Mike Check” invited speaker with other indigenous speakers and Naomi Klein
  • The New School Speaker and Music: Climate Change Panel, accompanied by Steve Addabo
  • Port Moody, BC, Burrard Fish Festival: Speaker and Music
  • Kelowna, BC, Canadian Youth Leadership Conference: Keynote and Music
  • Imperial Metals court case: re Mt Polly Mine and Red Cress Mine blockade in Teltan territory
  • Missing and Murdered Women’s March and Memorial, Vancouver BC
  • Press Conference, Repeal Jack Mine (Tar Sands) Expansion, in solidarity with the Athabasca Chippeweyan First Nations, Vancouver, BC


2015 (AGE 14) | SINGING & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Parliament of World Religions, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • National Association for Environmental Education (NAEE) San Diego, California, Plenary Panel, Game Changers Under 25
  • People Against Shell Oil, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Paris Climate Change Conference COY 11 and COP21
  • CUPE Union AGM,  Vancouver, BC


2011 (AGE 10) | U.N. PARTICIPATION

CHILDREN AND YOUTH ON THE ROAD TO RIO - BANDUNG, INDONESIA

  • Facilitated 3 Workshops: Causes of Canadian Deforestation, Environmental Songwriting Part 1 & 2
  • Sang ‘Earth Revolution’ at the Closing Ceremonies


2012 (AGE 11) | U.N. PARTICIPATION

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. Read more...

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

Read more...  

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." Read more...

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


2013 (AGE 12) | U.N. PARTICIPATION

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.


2014 (AGE 13) | U.N. PARTICIPATION

1. UNITED NATIONS PFII INTERVENTION TOPIC: ESTABLISHING A NATIVE CHILDREN'S SURVIVAL INDIGENOUS CHILDREN'S FUND
Sponsored by Native Children's Survival and American Indian Law and the Seventh Generation Fund 

What is an Intervention?

Interventions are typically 5 minutes long, and presented in front of the Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues (PFII) assembly. The intervener must find sponsors, and present on the day’s topic, which is taken from the UN Declaration of Indigenous Rights.  The text of the speech, recommendations, in addition to further comments, are submitted to the PFII. The PFII then decides which recommendations they will act upon. 

Ta’Kaiya, Youth Ambassador for Native Children’s Survival delivered the Intervention Establishing a Native Children’s Survival  Indigenous Children's Fund (NCSICF).  At 13, she is the youngest person to deliver an intervention. The Intervention  was written by herself on behalf of the visionary and founder of the fund’s proposal, Robby Romero, of Native Children’s Survival (NCS).  NCS is a 501©(3) non-profit organization founded by musician Robby Romero in 1989, is dedicated to raising awareness about critical issues facing Mother Earth, her children, and the seventh generation to come. “Our mission is achieved through the international language of music and film, and sustainable product development.”

Excerpt from Ta'Kaiya's speech:

"A Native Survival Indigenous Children’s Fund with the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues should be established to ensure the survival and well-being of we, the Indigenous children and youth now and for the generations to come. Children under 18 account for 61% of indigenous population; the true majority and foundation of indigenous societies. 

For centuries, our Nations have sustained the familiar cycles of poverty and cultural extinguishment, as well as their ensuing counterparts, inadequate healthcare and education, infant mortality, drug abuse, language loss, distance from self-sustaining traditional practices and suicide. Due to the continuation of historic exclusion, cultural genocide, and discrimination, we the Indigenous youth are subjected to colonization and the devastating effects of residential  and boarding schools.

These ingredients of genocide have become an integral part of indigenous communities. Indigenous youth are a product of our communities, and so these negative factors become parts of our identity and discriminate against our human rights."

2. EXCERPT FROM THE UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL MEETINGS COVERAGE (05/2014): IN SOMBRE DEPICTION OF INDIGENOUS CHILDREN CAUGHT IN BITTER LAND DISPUTES, SPEAKERS IN PERMANENT FORUM DESCRIBE MYRIAD THREATS, URGE SOLUTIONS

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Thirteenth Session. 8th Meeting (AM)

Against a backdrop pockmarked by cultural disintegration, “suicide clusters” and family displacements from extractive industries, speakers today in the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples urged prompt and concerted action to reverse those trends and improve the lives of indigenous children and youth worldwide. 

As the Permanent Forum drew down the first of its two-week session, Ta’Kaiya Blaney, a 13-year-old from the Sliammon Nation in Canada, speaking on behalf of Native Children’s Survival, American Indian Law Alliance and Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, urged the Forum to establish an Indigenous Children’s Fund to “ensure the survival and well-being of we, the indigenous children and youth, now and for the generations to come."

During the half-day discussion on children and youth, Ms. Blaney described poverty-stricken communities, noting that some lacked access to clean water.  Suicide was rampant, as “every month there is at least one funeral in my community”, she said, adding that “suicide and death is such a frequent visitor that in the heart of our reservation there is a death-bell that tolls the number of times in accordance to the deceased age, whether they were an elder or child”.

Describing a childhood caught in a bitter land struggle between her nation and the Canadian Government — which had resulted in the loss of 97.7 per cent of Sliammon Nation territory — she said indigenous youth were products of communities that had for centuries faced poverty, cultural extinction, inadequate health care and education, infant mortality, drug abuse, language loss and suicide.


SHORT FILM APPEARANCES

  • Shi Shi Etko (2008) - Lead role in short drama about a little First Nations girl four days before she goes to residential school. Directed by Kate Kroll.
  • Savage (2009) - Lead role in short residential school music video drama with both sadness and laughter. Directed by Lisa Jackson.
  • Nootka Rose (2010) - Short film about a little First Nations girl being forcibly taken to residential school. She then grows to adulthood with tragedy stemming from residential school abuses. Directed by Courtney Crane and Vancouver Film School.
  • The Closer You Get To Canada (2010) - A disturbing narrative about two old friends plotting an escape to Canada from a 'seniors game preserve' in the United States of the near future. Based on the short story by acclaimed Canadian author Thomas King. Directed by John Bolton. Gordon Tootoosis, lead. 
  • Spelling Bee (2011) - A little girl dreams she is in a Spelling Bee with First Nations languages. First Voices, APTN.


TV APPEARANCES

  • Tigga Talks, APTN
  • Webisodes: Down2Earth Kids, Aarow Productions
  • Green Heroes, TVO (Ontario)

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