Actress, Singer-songwriter, Youth Ambassador
Ta’Kaiya Blaney is an actor, singer-songwriter and Youth Ambassador for Native Children’s Survival (NCS). 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 actress 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.
Ta’Kaiya has performed and spoken at grass-roots Indigenous gatherings and rallies, and at United Nations forums across the globe including 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, at the age of 13, Ta’Kaiya presented an intervention at United Nations Headquarters establishing the NCS “Indigenous Children’s Fund”.
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. in 2014.
Ta’Kaiya is currently featured in several television programs including the 2015 HBO Documentary series Saving My Tomorrow and the 2016 APTN television series Konnected. Her latest single and music picture Earth Revolution will have its premier during COP21 – The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France in December of 2015.
For more information: www.takaiyablaney.com