Ta'Kaiya Blaney on Kayak to Klemtu, and the power of blending art with activism

Ta'Kaiya Blaney was just 10-years-old when she started writing songs about environmental issues. Now at 17-years-old, she continues to spread that message through film as well.
A scene from Kayak to Klemtu. (Courtesy of Mongrel Media)

Ta'Kaiya Blaney was just 10-years-old when she started writing songs about environmental issues and how they impact Indigenous land.

Now at 17-years-old, she continues to spread that message through film as well. You can watch Blaney taking on the lead role in a new movie, called Kayak to Klemtu. It follows Ella, an Indigenous teenager, as she paddles for miles to protest a planned oil pipeline.

Just like the music Blaney has been making for years, this film blends art and activism. In fact, Ella's story mirrors a lot of Blaney's own life. Today, Blaney joins q guest host Laurie Brown live from Vancouver to talk about the film.

Kayak to Klemtu comes out next week on Tuesday, August 21 on video on demand.

Listen to the full conversation with Ta'Kaiya Blaney above. 

Produced by Ben Edwards


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