Native Children’s Survival Youth Ambassador
EARTH REVOLUTION ~ Music Picture Trailer
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 PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE SHORT DRAMA 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 latest film role as 14-Year-old Ella in KAYAK TO KLEMTU invites viewers on an epic journey through the spectacular landscapes of The Great Bear Rainforest, as Ella searches for the courage to speak for her people and the connection to the land they are defending from oil tanker traffic. Ta'Kaiya won BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE MOTION PICTURE for her role in KAYAK TO KLEMTU at the 2018 Leo Awards, Celebrating Excellence in British Columbia Film & Television since 1999.
Ta'Kaiya's latest music picture EARTH REVOLUTION won BEST MUSIC VIDEO at the 2016 American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, California.
From the Idle No More Movement to the United Nations Ta’Kaiya has performed and spoken at grass-roots Indigenous gatherings and rallies and at International conferences and forums across the globe.
Ta’Kaiya’s United Nations Engagements Have Included:
2016: UN DPI NGO Conference Education for Global Citizenship – Gyeongju, Republic of Korea
2015: UN Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention (UNFCCC) on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th Session of the Conference of the Parties (CMP11) to the Kyoto Protocol, Paris France
2014: United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) Thirteenth Session, UN Headquarters, New York
2013: United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) Twelfth Session, UN Headquarters, New York
2012: United Nations Rio+20 Conference on the Environment, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2011: UNEP in collaboration with the Government of Indonesia, TUNZA International Children & Youth Conference on the Environment, Bandung, Indonesia
In 2014, 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. and the youngest Indigenous youth to present an intervention at the United Nations Headquarters Permanent Forum On Indigenous where she introduced the NCS “Indigenous Children’s Fund”.
Ta’Kaiya performed live and delivered a keynote address at The Parliament Of World Religions on 19 October 2015. The conference included such notable spiritual Leaders as Chief Arvol Looking Horse and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. On November 5th, 2015 at the Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver in Coast Salish Territories, Ta’Kaiya performed and spoke at a public rally with Canadian author and social activist Naomi Klein calling for fundamental change on caring for each other and the planet in the wake of Canada’s federal election.
As part of the NCS Youth Campaign for Climate Justice Ta’Kaiya’s inspirational music picture from the front lines of the environmental movement EARTH REVOLUTION premiered at the Conference of Youth in Paris, France on the eve of the historic 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21). The screening was prefaced by H.E. Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister and President of COP21.
Written and performed by Ta’Kaiya, EARTH REVOLUTION features children from around the world in a call to action to protect Mother Earth and all our relations for future generations. During COP21 EARTH REVOLUTION also screened at the Rights of Nature Tribunal on 5 December 2015 where Ta’Kaiya closed the event with a new song TURN THE WORLD AROUND. The TV news program Democracy Now filmed her performance and it has received more than 300,000 views on the Democracy Now Facebook and YouTube pages.
As part of the NCS Educational Initiative, Ta'Kaiya performed at a series of Mother Earth Day 2016 events from Chief Leschi Schools to the Makah, Hoh, Quileute, and Quinault Youth Programs.