February 23, 2016
For immediate release
Sacred Land & Sacred Waters
Saturday February 27th
Traditional Welcoming and Water Ceremony for Shawnigan Lake/Sooke Watersheds as Community Gathers to Stop Contaminated Soil Dumping
Join Ta'Kaiya Blaney, Canada's youth ambassador to the United Nations, along with Pipe Carriers, Elders and CommUNITY voices who gather/stand in honour of the Lands and Water of our collective future. This day holds:
9:00am - Ceremony on CVRD land beside Stebbings Road Contaminated Soil Dumping Site, Shawnigan Lake (through CVRD gate and up the hill).
11:00am - Water Ceremony and CommUNITY speakers (First Nations Peoples, Singers, Community Groups) at the Government Wharf.
1:00pm - FEAST at OUR Ecovillage, 1565 Baldy Mountain Road. Songs and celebration of CommUNITY Potluck. Gather to hear this young Elder's message about her first hand experiences of the COPs21 Environmental Conference in Paris France in 2015.
6:00-9:00pm - CommUNITY Gathering at the Quw'utsun' Cultural & Conference Centre, Duncan, BC. Join all ages at an empowering evening to gather with speakers, singers and ceremony. Ta'Kaiya will be singing and sharing her newly released songs, it is time to hear the voices of Youth conservation about the future of the earth, the responsibility to the land, water. Through voices let us sing... and call us all to the future. Bring guitars, drums, rattles, concerns, hopes, dreams and join in.
Who is Ta'Kaiya Blaney?
Ta'Kaiya Blaney comes from the Tla'amin people of the Sliammon Lands. At the age of eight, she started singing and advocating for our land and environment. Now, at 15, she can count among her accomplishments being a Defender of the Water; a Youth Ambassador for native children's survival; and a Warrior Woman in training. Ta'Kaiya has also given speeches at UN meetings around the world, including RIO+20, TUNZA, and most recently singing and presenting at climate change talks in Paris, France. In December 2015, The Globe and Mail ranked her as one of the top "Ten Under Twenty" young adults to watch for in BC.
Kalilah Rampanen has performed with Ta'Kaiya for several years, telling the stories of Clayoquot. Kalilah is from the Ahousat/Cree.