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Autumn Peltier: Meet the ‘water protector’ of Canada’s First Nations

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Peltier, who grew up in Wiikwemkoong First Nation on Ontario’s Manitoulin Island, first turned conscious of the necessity for water advocacy at simply eight years outdated. When visiting a neighboring indigenous neighborhood, she found that they had been unable to drink their faucet water as a result of air pollution. That kickstarted her profession as an activist.
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“I imagine that it doesn’t matter what race or shade, (or) how wealthy poor we’re, everyone deserves clear consuming water,” she says. “You do not have to be indigenous to respect (water) or elevate consciousness for it.”

At 12 years outdated, Peltier made headlines for scolding Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau about his failure to enact insurance policies that protect clear water. Since then, she has spoken to world leaders on the UN Basic Meeting and the UN Secretary-Basic’s Local weather Motion Summit. She was additionally nominated for the Worldwide Youngsters’s Peace Prize thrice.

“You would not typically assume a child or a teenager would converse up about world points or political points,” says Peltier. “That is why it is a lot extra highly effective — as a result of that is how you recognize one thing is unsuitable.”

Watch the video above to learn how Peltier is elevating the central function of water in indigenous communities.