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Autumn Peltier: The Water Warrior

Since age 8, she's been advocating for access to clean drinking water in Canada's Indigenous communities. Now she's leading this fight on the international stage. Meet 'water warrior' Autumn Peltier.

Autumn Peltier is leading the fight for access to water on the international stage

She was born in 2004 on Manitoulin Island, in Canada. The “water warrior,” as she’s been called, is a member of the Wiikwemkoong First Nation, one of the 10 largest First Nations in Canada. At 8, she participated in a ceremony at the Serpent River Reservation, whose water was contaminated by nearby uranium mining. It was at that moment she decided to advocate for access to drinking water around the world.

In her view, protecting water is part of the identity and culture of Canada's indigenous peoples. To access drinking water, First Nations in Canada face many challenges. Today, 61 communities do not have access to it and have to boil water before drinking or brushing their teeth. The reasons: industrial pollution, lack of infrastructure and global warming.

At 12, she directly confronted the current Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, about this situation. She also spoke at several international conferences, notably alongside Greta Thunberg at Davos in 2020. In May 2019, she was appointed Chief Water Commissioner by the Anishinabek Nation, which represents 40 member First Nations across Ontario, her home province. She was voted one of the top 25 Women of Influence of 2020 by the organization “Women of Influence.”

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03/28/2020 9:31 AM

11 comments

  • Surya O.
    04/15/2020 18:05

    Aquagirl

  • Celina O.
    04/09/2020 23:25

    I can never understand why Canada 🇨🇦 doesn't look after its people first but let's many immigrants into the country and gives more rights to those people .

  • Brenda R.
    04/07/2020 21:05

    Young lady you and Greta has asked for hhlp xnd God has answered your prayers, here we are, the whole world practically on a lock down, clean skies no pollution and no worries you will get your clean water, stay strong.

  • Jepoy E.
    04/07/2020 11:04

    Thank you 🌹 God bless you exceedingly and abundantly 🙏🏽

  • Patrick M.
    04/07/2020 09:56

    It's a mar on humanity the way our ancestors have treated our fellow humanbeings.We need to do better.

  • Christine T.
    04/07/2020 09:21

    Shameful an beautiful girl good on her

  • Narama M.
    04/07/2020 08:18

    Ohhh I have to say she is sooo beautiful....

  • Ralph O.
    04/07/2020 08:07

    Wow

  • Tong S.
    04/07/2020 08:05

    Canada!!! Why does these people have to beg for water. Humanity

  • Jagmohan S.
    04/07/2020 05:39

    Water warrior do nice job God bless you

  • Karen D.
    04/07/2020 05:22

    How is it possible that any human has to beg for clean water? This young woman is a gift to all of humanity, not just to the tribes.

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