At just 13 years old, Autumn Peltier has already made a change in the world. She has delivered a speech to the United Nations, met the Prime Minister of Canada, and protested in the streets. Her purpose is to protect the planet’s water resources and, now, her work has been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize.
Peltier, a member of Canada’s indigenous tribe Anishinaabe, has been fighting for clean drinking water since she was 8 years old, following in the footsteps of her aunt, Josephine Mandamin, who in 2016 was honored with the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation. .
The International Children’s Peace Prize was established in 2005 and is awarded annually to children who fight to improve the lives of other children around the world.
Watch Autumn Peltier speak at the UN:
“All across these lands, we know somewhere where someone can’t drink the water. Why so many, and why have they gone without for so long?”
Peltier has spread her message at hundreds of events around the world.