Ta’Kaiya Blaney will be one of the featured participants in this year's National Aboriginal Day in Prince Rupert.

Schedule of events for Prince Rupert’s National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day begins at noon at either Rotary Waterfront Park or the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre, depending on weather.

National Aboriginal Day begins at noon at either Rotary Waterfront Park or the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre, depending on weather.

Welcome Prayer /

Blessing of fishing fleet: Rev. Peter Nelson

Honouring War Veterans/TAPS: Welcome to Ts’msyen Territory: Murray Smith

Mayor of Prince Rupert: Jack Mussellum

Member of Legislative Assembly: Jennifer Rice

Mayor Port Edward: Dave MacDonald

Board of Education: Tina Last

Superintendent of Schools: Sandy Jones

Aboriginal Education Council Co-Chair: Marlene Clifton

Aboriginal First Nations Kaien Island Elders: Murray Smith

Friendship House Association: Marilyn Bryant

Approximate Event Times:

12:30 Sm’Halaayt Dancers

1:00 Roosevelt/PCS Drummers –Marlene Clifton

1:30 RCMP Van logo blessing

1:45 Jaimee Aubee

2:00 Haida Nation Dancers

2:45 Kianna St. Louis/Arianna Spencer

3:00 Gitmaxmak’ay Dancers

3:45 Nassville 5

4:45 Grand March

5:15 Ta’kaiya Blaney

6:15 Mermaid Café

7:00 Longhouse

7:45 Door Prize Draw

Closing Comments

**A blanket dance will be performed

About Special Guest: Ta’Kaiya Blaney

Twelve-year-old Ta’Kaiya Blaney is Sliammon First Nation from B.C. Along with singing, songwriting, and acting, she is concerned about the environment, especially the preservation of marine and coastal wildlife. She travels and speaks on protecting indigenous lands worldwide from unsustainable development. She has spoken at UN meeting across the globe, including The TUNZA UN children and youth conference on the environment in Bandung Indonesia, and the Rio+20 UN conference on the environment In Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Ta’kaiya is strong in her culture and a great role model for youth around the world.