Ta’Kaiya Blaney

Artist Biography

EARTH REVOLUTION

“I’m calling out to each and every person to join me in the Earth Revolution.”  – Ta’Kaiya  

Ta’Kaiya Blaney is an actor, singer-songwriter and Native Children’s Survival (NCS) Youth Ambassador from Tla A’min Nation, Turtle Island.

At the young age of 6, Ta’Kaiya starred in several award-winning short films depicting the role of a First Nations child taken from her traditional home and put into governmental residential schools run by the church.  For her work in these films, Ta’Kaiya received two Leo Award nominations for “Best Performance by a Female in a Short Drama” by the British Columbia film and television industry.  By the age of 10, Ta’Kaiya’s first music release and music video SHALLOW WATERS brought her national acclaim and earned her multiple awards and cultural honors.

From the Idle No More Movement to the United Nations Ta’Kaiya has performed and spoken at grass-roots Indigenous gatherings and rallies and at International conferences and forums across the globe.  Ta’Kaiya’s engagements have included, the TUNZA United Nations Children and Youth Conference on the Environment in Bandung, Indonesia in 2011, the United Nations Rio+20 Conference on the Environment in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2012, and the United Nations Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues, in New York City in 2013.  In 2014, Ta’Kaiya was the youngest keynote speaker for Powershift (an annual global youth summit focusing on climate change policy) at Pittsburg, P.A. and Victoria, B.C. and the youngest Indigenous youth to present an intervention at the United Nations Headquarters Permanent Forum On Indigenous where she introduced the NCS “Indigenous Children’s Fund”.

Ta’Kaiya performed live and delivered a keynote address at The Parliament Of World Religions on 19 October 2015.  The conference included such notable spiritual Leaders as Chief Arvol Looking Horse and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.  On 5 November 2015 at the Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver in Coast Salish Territories, Ta’Kaiya performed and spoke at a public rally with Canadian author and social activist Naomi Klein calling for fundamental change on caring for each other and the planet in the wake of Canada’s federal election.  In 2016 Ta’Kaiya delivered a keynote address at the sixty-sixth United Nations/Non-Governmental Organizations Conference in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea.

Ta’Kaiya is currently featured in several television programs including the HBO Documentary series Saving My Tomorrow and the APTN television series Konnected Tv.

As part of the NCS Youth Campaign for Climate Justice Ta’Kaiya’s inspirational music picture from the front lines of the environmental movement EARTH REVOLUTION premiered at the Conference of Youth in Paris, France on the eve of the historic 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21). The screening was prefaced by H.E. Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister and President of COP21.

Written and performed by Ta’Kaiya, EARTH REVOLUTION features children from around the world in a call to action to protect Mother Earth and all our relations for future generations.  During COP21 EARTH REVOLUTION also screened at the Rights of Nature Tribunal on 5 December 2015 where Ta’Kaiya closed the event with a new song TURN THE WORLD AROUND.  The TV news program Democracy Now filmed her performance and it has received more than 300,000 views on the Democracy Now Facebook and YouTube pages.

In 2017 Ta’Kaiya Blaney’s new single and music picture EARTH REVOLUTION drops digitally on iTunes, Amazon and leading music stores around the world.

Ta’Kaiya is currently on the Red Road speaking, performing and sharing her message with the world. 

“I believe our generation does not see activism just as a necessity or obligation, but a beautiful opportunity to invent the unexpected and to spread our optimism that we can make a better world.” – Ta’Kaiya Blaney

For more information: www.takaiyablaney.com  

Upcoming Events

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Past Events & Gigs

Date City Venue Country
Tour: #NoDAPL
11/10/16 - 11/11/16 San Francisco, CA American Indian Film Festival United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
07/21/16 - 07/24/16 Squamish, BC Squamish Wind Festival Canada
Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Downtown Squamish, BC.
06/30/16 Port Renfrew, BC Tall Tree Music Festival Canada
Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Browns Mountain. More information
06/25/16 Vancouver, British Columbia Education Beyond Borders Canada
Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: St. George’s School.
05/30/16 - 06/01/16 Gyeongju, Republic of Korea United Nations DPI/NGO Concerence Korea (South)
Age restrictions: All Ages. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together!
05/24/16 - 05/27/16 Saint Paul, Minnesota Children & Nature Network – Saint Paul River Centre United States
Age restrictions: All Ages.
Tour: Mother Earth Day 2016 Tour
04/25/16 Taholah, Washington Quinault Indian School United States
04/23/16 Neah Bay, Washington The Makah Museum United States
Address: 1880 Bayview Ave. Venue phone: 360-645-2711.
04/22/16 Suquamish, WA Suquamish Youth Summit United States
Age restrictions: All Ages.
04/21/16 Puyallup, Washington Chief Leschi Schools United States
Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 5625 52nd St E.
03/11/16 Tofino, British Columbia TRIBAL PARKS SUMMIT 2016 – Tin Wis Conference Centre Canada
Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1119 Pacific Rim Hwy Tofino BC. TRIBAL PARKS SUMMIT 2016 will gather in the Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, 9-15 March 2016
02/24/16 Vancouver, British Columbia The Heartwood Community Cafe Canada
Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 317 E Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 1W5. Venue phone: +1 604-872-3166. Free market proudly presents Ta’kaiya Blaney. Join us to celebrate the gift economy, at Heartwood Cafe February 24th. The Free Market takes place on unceded & unsurrendered Coast Salish Lands & Waters.

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Adventure film celebrates the wild west coast of Canada and gives voice to communities living in the shadow of encroaching industry.   Kayaking for Beginners invites viewers on an epic journey through the spectacular landscapes of The Great Bear Rainforest, as 14-Year-old Ella searches … VIEW FULL ENTRY






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DESMOGCANADA CLEARING THE PR POLLUTION By Carol Linnet • Thursday, June 30, 2016:   That was the message of a text I received from a friend after they heard of the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision to overturn the Harper government’s approval of the Unbridle … VIEW FULL ENTRY






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31 May 2016 – While global citizenship means many things to many people, discussions at the sixty-sixth United Nations/Non-Governmental Organizations Conference maintained that cultivating empathy, a scientific appreciation for the natural world and responsibility towards future generations must be at the core … VIEW FULL ENTRY






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By Rachel Seymour of the Kitsap Sun April 22, 2016 SUQUAMISH: During the Earth Day event, students heard from Ta’Kaiya Blaney, a 15-year-old environmental activist from the Sliammon First Nation in Canada, who became an advocate when she was 10 after discovering plans for … VIEW FULL ENTRY






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Indian Country Today 1/8/16 – Dominique Godrèche Heritage, Reconciliation and Environmental Redemption Are All One Ta’Kaiya, whose very name means “Special Water,” grew up in Vancouver, raised by her mother, a teacher, and her father, a social worker for Squamish … VIEW FULL ENTRY






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VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail December 31, 2015: Not many teenagers can drop casual references about the time they spoke in New York at a United Nations panel, or when they sang for hundreds at the Paris climate talks. But in between … VIEW FULL ENTRY






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Notre album pour la planète à la COP 21 Paris Match – December 13, 2015: Ta’Kaiya Blaney, 14 ans amérindienne de Vancouver, égérie de L’association Native Children’s Survival Ta’Kaiya Blaney is photographed for Paris Match with the photo album Ma … VIEW FULL ENTRY






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Deutsche Welle – December 9, 2015: FACES OF CLIMATE CHANGE Anyone who thinks children should be seen and not heard has clearly never met Ta’kaiya Blaney. As ambassador for Native Children’s Survival she fights for the rights of minors in her indigenous Tla’Amin First … VIEW FULL ENTRY






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Bowen Island Undercurrent Jane Fonda and NCS Youth Ambassador Ta’Kaiya Blaney at the Green Peace Toast the Coast event at Jericho Beach Looking trim as ever in her Greenpeace t-shirt, ‘Toast the Coast Before the Coast is Toast,’ and a … VIEW FULL ENTRY






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Common Ground – July 2012: Ta’Kaiya Blaney, an 11 year old from North Vancouver who is passionate about stoping the Enbridge Pipeline. Ta’Kaiya is from the Salmon First Nation and her name means “special waters”. She wrote her song “Shallow Waters” … VIEW FULL ENTRY






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A young activist tells Face to Face how protest can lead to action. - APTN

A child's special gifts: Ta’Kaiya Blaney inspires with powerful voice at Earth Day in Vancouver, BC - The Vancouver Observer

Young Sliammon actress and activist Ta’Kaiya Blaney, who sang so beautifully to protest Enbridge Inc.’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline through British Columbia when she was just 10, makes an eloquent plea for water. Now bordering on young womanhood, the 12-year-old calls everyone to prayer at 3pm their time today, World Water Day, to create a “wave of global synchronized prayer to heal the waters.” - Indian Country Today

What a 10-Year-Old Did for the Tar Sands - Why a First Nations student from British Columbia is taking on a controversial trans-Canadian pipeline project—through song. - Yes Magazine

Ta'Kaiya Blaney, Sliammon, sings her environmental advocacy song, “Shallow Waters,” July 31 on the Swinomish protocol floor during 2011 Canoe Journey/Paddle to Swinomish. She received a standing ovation. - Indian Country Today