Autumn Peltier is Anishinaabe-kwe and a member of the Wikwemikong First Nation and an internationally recognized advocate for clean water. She is a water protector and has been called a "water warrior". Peltier addressed world leaders at the UN General Assembly on the issue of water protection at the age of thirteen in 2018.
Personal life and advocacy work
Peltier lives on the Unceded Anishinawbe Territory on Manitoulin Island in northern Ontario. She began her advocacy on behalf of water at the age of eight and was inspired by her great aunt, Josephine Mandamin.
Peltier soon became in-demand as a speaker. She gained national and international notice when at a meeting of the Assembly of First Nations she presented Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with a copper water pot and although she did not have time to deliver her prepared speech she confronted Trudeau on his record on water protection and his support for pipelines. Her act inspired the Assembly of First Nations to create the Niabi Odacidae fund. She has attended international events such as the Children's Climate Conference in Sweden.
Awards and recognition
In 2017, 2018, 2019 she was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize and Canadian Living Me to We Award Youth in Action under 12 in 2017. In 2019 she received the Water Warrior Award at the Water Docs Film Festival in Toronto.
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- "Autumn Peltier named chief water commissioner by Anishinabek Nation". Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC). Apr 25, 2019. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
- Erskine, Michael (2019-05-01). "14-year-old Autumn Peltier chosen UOI's new Water Commissioner". Manitoulin Expositor. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
- Johnson, Rhiannon (October 5, 2017). "Anishinaabe teen only Canadian up for International Children's Peace Prize". CBC News. Retrieved April 2, 2019.