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Ta’Kaiya Blaney

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. With her work in these films, Ta’Kaiya received two Leo Award nominations for BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE SHORT DRAMA from 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’s film, MONKEY BEACH, hit the screen in 2020. The film is an adaptation of the celebrated novel of the same title by renowned Haisla-Heiltsuk author Eden Robinson. Ta’Kaiya won BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE MOTION PICTURE at the 2018 Leo Awards for her role as 14-Year-old Ella in the 2018 film KAYAK TO KLEMTU. Ta’Kaiya’s latest music picture EARTH REVOLUTION won the BEST MUSIC VIDEO award at the 2016 American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, California.

From Idle No More to the United Nations, and Standing Rock to the Indigenous Climate Action’s Youth Delegation, Ta’Kaiya has performed and spoken at grassroots Indigenous gatherings, rallies, and International conferences and forums across the globe.

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