Ta'Kaiya Blaney is a 12 year old from the Sliammon First Nation in Canada.

Ta’Kaiya has been very vocal in the ”Idle No More” movement, and supported Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike to raise awareness for substandard living conditions on Indian Reserves throughout Canada.

Ta'Kaiya, who is participating in this year's session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues from 20 to 31 May, says our earth is our home.

She told the Forum that everyone needs to take steps towards a clean and healthy future regarding animals, humans, plants, and the various ecosystems.

Ta'Kaiya tells Gerry Adams about her concerns for the well-being of her community and her plans to solve some of the problems created by a treaty which she says discriminates against indigenous people.

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.


Responses to "Youth expresses her concern for the environment (Video)"

  1. Out of the mouths of babes... if we will not listen now... when? The pace of destruction quickens, we are running out of time... how will you help change the conversation, change the behavior? Mother Earth is calling us to step up and to do the next right thing to save our home for all living creatures.

  2. Unknown says:

    Ta'Kaiya Blaney --It's really great to see you and hear you speak on these very important matters for your people and for all of us...I hope you continue to stay involved--I look forward to seeing and hearing more from you...

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