Open Letter to Canadian politicians,

My name is Ta'Kaiya Blaney. I am 10-years-old. I live in North Vancouver and am from the Sliammon Nation. My name means "special water."

I am writing to you because the Enbridge Corporation is planning to build a pipeline from the tar sands of Alberta to Kitimat, BC. I thought it would be very risky for our coast so I wrote a song, called "Shallow Waters" about an oil spill happening in the shallow waters.

You will be debating Bill C-606 soon, if an election is not triggered, which would ban oil tankers from our northwest coast. I am sharing my song's music video and a personal message to encourage you to vote in favour of the bill.

Today is the anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. Even today, 22 years later, oil still remains a few inches under the surface of the water.

With this song, I hope to encourage government officials, people of British Columbia, and people across the world will realize the dangers of oil pollution, replace jobs that destroy the environment with jobs that help the environment. I ask government and corporate officials such as yourselves change your plans stop oil tanker traffic on BC's coast and in waters around the world.
Please feel free to share my letter and video with others.

All my relations,
Ta'Kaiya Blaney

She’s a ten-year old girl from North Vancouver who, while learning about sea otters in her home-school, became concerned about the devastation oil tankers would cause to B.C.’s coast.

When she learned about Enbridge’s proposal to build an oil pipeline from the Alberta Tar Sands to the Great Bear Rainforest, bringing more than 200 oil tankers per year to this pristine coast, she got really worried. So, she wrote a song about her concerns. And it’s good…really good.

For more information, please read Stephanie Goodwin's blog


Responses to "10-year old Ta'Kaiya says 'Protect our coast from oil spills' (Video)"

  1. K Post says:

    You are wiser than most of the adults in the world today. I hope and pray that your message is heard and shared by everyone. It's only those motivated by greed that will choose to not hear your cry. You have a beautiful voice and a beautiful soul and this is such a beautiful song. God Bless You Sweetie!

  2. Anonymous says:

    From the mouths of babes . . . the coming generation.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I love the generation of young that are coming into the world, they are beautiful light beings

  4. Natasha says:

    This is just beautiful. It's pretty sad when children have to teach adults the importance of this planet. But the message is very clear this needs to stop and we all as adults should start thinking of our childrens future and their children, so that they can too can enjoy the beauty of nature.

    Thank you Ta'Kaiya Blaney for trying to get this message across.

    -Natasha Garcia

  5. Carlos says:

    go ahead my heart is with you
    All my relations,Aho

  6. Anonymous says:

    Sing to Creator, young one...sing for all and everyone of us..you are the voice for today and tomorrow-keep going! Thank you, our ancestors & most of all, Great Spirit for your wisdom to reach out to be welcomed and heard-the world will be a better place because of it!

  7. Redbird says:

    I don't even know what to say other than I am so glad that you are on this Earth little one. Because of you and many other children, there is still Hope. Sing Ta'Kaiya!! Sing til it gets across that everyone needs to protect the Earth! Many Blessings.

    ~Cyndi Pilcher

  8. Keep up the good fight. You are an amazing child blessed with a beautiful voice and wisdom far beyond your years. Please continue to spread your message.
    God bless you.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Im sorry our world cannot see the truth. Only profit sweety But you are a beautiful soul And I love you, It will be ok either way KNOW THAT! ok

  10. I met Ta'Kaiya Blaney on the Peace Train stop and march to the Enbridge Oil Stockholders meeting. She spoke and sang that day as well with only a megaphone, no studio recording or band as back up and her voice was as sweet as on this video and her voice and message as strong as a much older Wise Women. She is an Old Soul. Thank you Ta'Kaiya for your strength and message.

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