Ta’Kaiya Blaney

Ta’Kaiya, 10, lives in North Vancouver and is from the Sliammon First Nation. “Shallow Waters, recorded July 2010, is one of 5 songs co written by Ta’Kaiya and her singing instructor/professional songwriter/pianist Aileen De La Cruz. Ta’Kaiya is also known for singing “Amazing Grace” in the Sliammon language, translated by her grandfather.

When Ta’Kaiya and Aileen began writing “Shallow Waters,” it was to raise awareness about a proposed oil pipeline planned between the Alberta Tar Sands and Kitimat, BC. Ta’Kaiya has spoken at events, festivals and schools around BC in 2011. She spoke and sang at the Comox Earth Day festival, at the Canada Day celebration in Powell River, the Bella Bella school and Gathering Voices Environmental Film Festival in Bella Bella.

Ta’Kaiya also has played the lead role in several short films. She sang and spoke at the Na’Kadzli First Nation AGM in Ft. St. James in July, she sang with the Sliammon Nation during the Tribal Journeys 2009 (Suquamish Nation) and 2010 (Makah Nation)  in Neah Bay, Washington.  Ta’Kaiya spoke also and sang at several rallies this summer.

Ta’Kaiya draws upon personal observations and experience to illustrate how life forms are disappearing before our eyes. The Shallow Waters music video showcases her immense talent and deep personal connection with nature. Ta’Kaiya speaks at workshops and universities across Canada to inspire youth to proactively campaign for environmental and social justice. It’s amazing to see socially conscious youth collaborating to raise awareness and inspire action on behalf of their and future generations.

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