Uni students hear activist’s message
COMING from Canada, 13-year-old Ta’Kaiya Blaney, who also has Native American ethnicity, was finding it a bit hot in Eidsvold last week.
Before leaving for Australia, it was only 2 degrees in Sliammon First Nation, where she lives with her American mother and Native American father.
“I love it here in Australia, talking to the indigenous peoples of your nation,” Ta’Kaiya said.
“I am in Eidsvold to address the students from the Queensland University of Technology, who are also visiting your town,” she said. The young Canadian is a singer, songwriter and environmental activist.
Just entering her teen years, she has campaigned more for environmental protection in a few years than most adults.
“I feel that as humans, as participants and beings that walk upon this earth, it is our responsibility to help the earth,” Ta’Kaiya said.
“We all need to take steps towards a clean and healthy future regarding animals, humans, plants, and the various ecosystems. “Our earth is our home. “Over the past four years, I’ve been an advocate for providing better qualities of living in indigenous first nations’ territories, and ending the oppression, racism, and corruption we face from our government and within our community.”
Ta’Kaiya has spoken at UN meetings 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.
“We’re fighting in a sense that we are defending the land, and defending our Mother Earth.”
DEFENDING THE LAND: Ta’Kaiya Blaney, 13, was sharing her message in Eidsvold last week.