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13-Year-Old Water Activist Is Nominated For A Children's Peace Prize

By Aimee Lutkin

Autumn Peltier, an Anishinaabe teen from Wikwemikong First Nation, has been nominated for the Children’s Peace prize, making her the only Canadian in the running for the prestigious prize, according to CTV News. Peltier has been working as an activist for clean water since she was eight years old, and her relationship to the element is deeply personal.

“When I think about how polluted the water is already, I think of future generations and my grandchildren and their grandchildren. Will they even have clean drinking water?” Peltier told CTV Montreal. “Water is alive and has a spirit, and like water is so sacred.”

In December 2016, Peltier briefly met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to talk to him about oil pipelines polluting water systems in the country. It was an emotional encounter and powerful to watch.

“I said I’m very unhappy with the choices you’ve made, and he said, ‘I understand that,’” Peltier explained. “And then I started crying … and all I got to say after that was 'the pipelines' and then he said, ‘I will protect the water.’”

In the interview below, Peltier says she thinks it's important to be public with her advocacy because it will inspire other young people to start doing the same sorts of work.