ta'kaiya blaney

Twelve year old Ta’Kaiya Blaney lives in North Vancouver and is from the Sliammon First Nation. “Shallow Waters", featured in this video, 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. Ta’Kaiya began working with Aileen since the age of 5. She began singing at pow wows and cultural events in both BC and Washington State at the age of 6. Ta’Kaiya has also recorded the songs “Carried Away,” “Watching Over Me,” and “Wonderful, Beautiful”, and “Ajoomish Gloklas” (Amazing Grace)

Despite being such a young age, Ta’Kaiya has already spoken at the UN meeting across the globe, including The TUNZA UN children and youth conference on the environment in Bandung Indonesia, and the Rio+20 UN conference on the environment In Rio de Janiero. She advocates change not only for the human condition, but also in the condition of our planet. Ta’Kaiya believes in her culture it’s a fact  that everything is connected. “We were put on this earth to be stewards and caretakers of the environment”.

This young First Nations performer has a big voice and an even bigger spirit. Ta’Kaiya would be pleased to share her Native traditions and passion for today’s issues with your delegates.

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