First Nations activist, musician and teenager Ta’Kaiya Blaney has been fighting for the environment most of her life.
She’s spoken at the United Nations and Paris climate talks, as well as protests and conferences across Canada. At each, she shines a spotlight on climate change and indigenous rights, while looking to the next generation with the hope that they will lead the way to a better, more “consciousness Canada”.
The 17-year-old, who grew up along the shores of the Salish Sea in British Columbia, Canada, says: “I fight for the recognition of rights for both indigenous people and the environment. I call for a worldwide full implementation of the UN declaration of the rights of indigenous peoples and adoption and full implementation of the declaration of the rights of mother Earth.
“These visions and aspirations for a bright and beautiful future are more than dreams, they are missions. It is one thing to chase your dream, it is another to chase your future.”
Ta’kaiya Blaney is a key voice for Earth Revolution which is a movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people working together to empower and inspire children and youth by transforming words into actions and actions to results.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea