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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  • Laurent B.
    03/29/2020 08:00

    I bet some white cunt will be dumb enough to tell her to go back to her country.

  • Maxine L.
    03/28/2020 16:13

    Man bli väldigt ledsen att alla människor har inte rätt till rent vatten 💦

  • Erna N.
    03/28/2020 14:36

    She's a Starseed, as well Jane Goodall and Greta Thunberg

  • Richard Y.
    03/28/2020 12:53

    she so pretty

  • Guy G.
    03/28/2020 11:15


  • Mehdi C.
    03/28/2020 09:40

    Native without a voice... Now an ex European exiled criminals aka a canadian or American ancestors will come on this board and tell immigrants to go back...

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