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After celebrating National Aboriginal Day last week, we are pleased to announce that our Green Hero and member of the Poplar River First Nation Sophia Rabliauskas will be on our “Back to Nature” episode airing Tuesday, June 25th at rabliauskas7:30pm on TVO. This episode explores the relatively new phenomena “Nature Deficit Disorder”, a term that refers to the growing trend that children (and adults) are spending less time outdoors, resulting in a range of disorders. Sophia has been a leader in protecting the traditional territory of her people and she was even been awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2007.

Sophia is also in good company during this episode with Canadian artist Robert Bateman, comedian Shaun Majumder, and 12-year-old Sliammon First Nation YouTube sensation Ta’Kaiya Blaney, discussing their impact on the environment and how they got back to nature to save our planet. You can also view Ta’Kaiya’s webisode online here to learn more about her inspiring story.

Joining the great list of Heroes on this episode is writer Graeme Gibson, author/journalist Andrew Nikiforuk, and artist Ed Burtynsky, discussing the importance of creating sustainable environments in nature. Ed will also be featured in our “The Art of Change” episode airing next week.

You can learn more about Sophia and all the other great Heroes on “Back to Nature”, airing Tuesday June 25th at 7:30pm, Thursday June 27th at 7pm, and Sunday June 30th at 8:30pm on TVO.

During the episode, play along with our Green Heroes Academy app that will quiz you on our Heroes, watch cool videos, complete fun games and missions, and become a Green Hero too!

Join the Academy for free at http://academy.greenheroes.tv


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Celebrate National Aboriginal Day with us today!

The Governor General of Canada proclaimed the first National Aboriginal Day on June 21, 1996. Every year, this celebration offers us a unique opportunity to learn about the rich, diverse heritage of Aboriginal peoples across our country, and celebrate the First Nations, Metis and Inuit people and all of their contributions to Canadian culture.

Not only does Canada have a history full of beautiful cultures, we are also lucky enough to have a rich and diverse natural environment across the entire country.  The Aboriginal way of life  celebrates nature and understand the deep connection we have with the environment we live in.

One of our Green Heroes, Ta’Kaiya Blaney, is a Sliammon First Nation and says this about her culture, “In my culture it’s a fact, and an understanding of life, that everything is connected, and we were put on this earth to be stewards and caretakers of the environment.”

Ta’Kaiya is only 12 years old, but has become an advocate for marine and coastal wildlife and spreads awareness through singing.  Her first song, “Shallow Waters,” was inspired by the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline and Ta’Kaiya’s desire to prevent future oil spills.

Share in the Celebration!

Here are just a few of the events taking place across the country:

For a full list of events in each Province, click here 

Watch Ta’Kaiy Blaney save marine and coastal wildlife with her voice on the new Green Heroes episode, “Back to Nature,” airing on TVO this Tuesday, June 25th, at 7:30pm.