Since 2005, The Kids Rights Foundation has been awarding the International Children’s Peace Prize to a young person they feel should be recognized for their fierce efforts to improve the situation of the children in their environment and even the world. This year, we have a Canadian nominee, Autumn Peltier.
Autumn is a water advocate from Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island. She has previously, at the age of 12, won the Canadian Living, Me to We Youth in Action Award. At the age of 13, she is a vocal advocate for clean drinking water, not only on First Nations communities but across the entire country. In 2016 she represented indigenous youth in Canada at the Children’s Climate Conference in Sweden. She also spoke directly to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in December.
Autumn feels she needs to speak for water because water doesn’t have a voice. “If nobody speaks up what will the water and environment be like in 10 to 20 years? What if we don’t have clean drinking water anywhere?” Autumn states. She is hoping to raise awareness and inspire others to protect clean water around the world.
The KidsRights organization will announce the winner on November 10.