Autumn Peltier

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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".[1][2] Peltier addressed world leaders at the UN General Assembly on the issue of water protection at the age of thirteen in 2018.[3][2]

Personal life and advocacy work[edit]

Peltier lives on the Unceded Anishinawbe Territory on Manitoulin Island in northern Ontario.[4] She began her advocacy on behalf of water at the age of eight and was inspired by her great aunt, Josephine Mandamin.[2]

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.[5] Her act inspired the Assembly of First Nations to create the Niabi Odacidae fund.[5] She has attended international events such as the Children's Climate Conference in Sweden.[2]

In April, 2019 Peltier was named the chief water commissioner by the Anishinabek Nation.[6][7] This position was previously held by her great-aunt Josephine Mandamin.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2017, 2018, 2019 she was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize[2][8] and Canadian Living Me to We Award Youth in Action under 12 in 2017.[5] In 2019 she received the Water Warrior Award at the Water Docs Film Festival in Toronto.[3]


  1. ^ "Autumn Peltier – Canadian Water Summit". Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Teen who scolded Trudeau to address UN". BBC News. 2017-12-31. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  3. ^ a b "'Water is alive': Autumn Peltier receives Water Warrior Award". CBC Radio. Mar 31, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "Water Warrior Award". Water Docs. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  5. ^ a b c Staff, Expositor (2018-03-27). "Autumn Peltier: Wiikwemkoong's, Island's voice at the UN". Manitoulin Expositor. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  6. ^ "Autumn Peltier named chief water commissioner by Anishinabek Nation". Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC). Apr 25, 2019. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  7. ^ Erskine, Michael (2019-05-01). "14-year-old Autumn Peltier chosen UOI's new Water Commissioner". Manitoulin Expositor. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  8. ^ Johnson, Rhiannon (October 5, 2017). "Anishinaabe teen only Canadian up for International Children's Peace Prize". CBC News. Retrieved April 2, 2019.