Peltier has been recognized internationally for her work. In 2015, she was invited to the Children's Climate Conference in Sweden.

Autumn Peltier already has years of advocacy behind her. She’s met the prime minister, she’s attended the Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly and she’s marched on the highway in the name of water protection. At just 13 years old, Peltier is now a nominee for the International Children’s Peace Prize.

The 151 nominees for the International Children’s Peace Prize were recently announced and the only Canadian candidate is this Anishinaabe teen from Wikwemikong First Nation.

Peltier has been advocating for clean drinking water since she was about 8 years old and is already considered a water protector — just like her aunt Josephine Mandamin, who received the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation in 2016.

Launched in 2005, the International Children's Peace Prize is awarded to a child who has worked to improve children’s lives around the world.

The point of the conference was gather children from 32 countries to draft their demands to the leaders of the world. The communique was then delivered to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

“I like to share that water is really sacred. Water is life. Mother Earth doesn't need us, we need her,”

Peltier was asked to introduce Justin Trudeau at the Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly in 2016. She had prepared a speech for him, but was only given a few moments to interact with him.

“I said ‘I'm very unhappy with the choices you’ve made’,” Peltier recalled. “And he said ‘I understand that.’ And then I started crying and then after that, all I got to say is, ‘The pipelines,’” the teen told The Huffington Post Canada last year.

She said that Trudeau responded by promising that he would protect the water.

Among her inspirational feats, Autumn launched a national call to action in November last year. She invited everyone to participate in the shutdown of highways across Canada for an hour on Dec. 5 as a way to promote water protection. She stood with her mother on a highway in Espanola, Ont.

“I cry watching video for Standing Rock,” Autumn said in her call to action, “We shouldn’t have to fight for our water, we should just be able to have clean drinking water.”

“You were only given one planet. And we’re destroying it,” she pleaded. “It’s not just in North America where we need clean drinking water, it’s all over the world.”


Responses to "This 13-Year-Old Indigenous Girl Has Been Nominated for a Global Peace Prize"

  1. Anonymous says:

    I honor you.

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  3. Unknown says:

    A single person can make a big statement and for every man or woman that listened you can change the world.

  4. Unknown says:

    What a great inspiration. My heart will always be with the water protectors.

  5. This is Powerful especially if we all gather together to protect our Water as one Voice Water is Life.

  6. Margo says:

    I'm so sorry to say I voted for Justin Trudeau because he said he would not allow the pipelines to go through! Then I voted for Horgan because he said he would not allow Trudeau's pipeline to continue. I have been betrayed Federally and Provincially. The planks that are laid out in campaigns are to be considered filled with rot on the inside. I hope this young lady will be honored for her work.

  7. You are a true inspiration! Keep up the work your doing for you and your people and Mother Earth. Water is sacred! Water is Life! God bless you!

  8. Unknown says:

    Clean water would do more for the global health problems than new medications, and many other expensive treatments.

  9. Unknown says:

    Amazd ♥️♥️♥️🐺🐺

  10. Autumn, thank you for speaking up and raising awareness that water is sacred. Your voice will circle the globe. Mother Earth can feel your love for her.
    I hope that people from all nations honor you and support you.

  11. Incredible speaker you are definitely an asset to the future of your next generations to come. I Thank You. πŸ™

  12. Thank you for your wisdom, tenacity and heart wound in this matter.

  13. Congratulations for the work you are doing to let people know how important water is for life. Bless you

  14. IT is good the work she has done and that work be rewarded with the award

  15. Rachael says:

    Precious girl... bless her. <3

  16. Unknown says:

    "IF The Eyes Had No Tears--The Soul Would Have No Rainbows!" Her tears will bring miracles.

  17. Anonymous says:

    How wonderful! If only all our "esteemed" leaders could have the courage and the "ba__s" she has. Why does it seek so many times that it has to be a woman who speaks up!?

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