Ta’Kaiya Blaney

Actor, singer-songwriter and Native Children’s Survival Youth Ambassador from Tia A’min Nation, Turtle Island in Canada.
Tla’Amin Nation, Canada
Ta’Kaiya Blaney
Personal Achievement Award
Winner (2016)
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Ta’Kaiya is an actor, singer-songwriter and Native Children’s Survival Youth Ambassador from Tia A’min Nation, Turtle Island in Canada. She has achieved all this at the age of 16. From the age of 6, Ta’Kaiya starred in several award-winning short films depicting the role of a child taken from her traditional home and put into residential schools run by the church. By the age of 10, Ta’Kaiya’s first music release and video, Shallow Waters, brought her national acclaim. From the idle No More Movement to the United Nations, Ta’Kaiya has performed and spoken at grass roots indigenous gatherings and rallies at international conferences and forums across the globe. Ta’Kaiya’s inspirational music picture from the front lines of the environment 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). 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 in future generations. Ta’Kaiya sums up her approach to activism in these words: “I believe our generation does not see activism just as a necessity or obligation, but as a beautiful opportunity to invent the unexpected and to spread our optimism that we can make a better world.”