a talk with a Water Warrior: Autumn Peltier

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The Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students Association hosted a talk with Autumn Peltier and her mother Stephanie Peltier, “Our Water, Our Future: A Conversation with Water Defenders.”

This talk was in alignment with the Sugar Moon, which is celebrated as the Anishinaabe New Year. This marks the time of year when the sweet water begins to run, and the medicine it produces balances the blood and provides healing.

Autumn Peltier is a 16 year old water defender from Wiikwenkoong Unceded Anishinaabe Territory, Manitoulin Island. She has spoken several times at the United Nations to advocate for Water rights.

Autumn is the Chief Water Commissioner for the Anishinaabek Nation and was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

She continues the work of her late Aunt Josephine Mandamin, who created the Water Walk Ceremony to bring awareness to Water access and sustainability.

Autumn had a film called "the Water Walker" made about her journey leading up to speaking at the United Nations conference in New York City on World Water Day 2019. She stood up against world leaders to speak out for First Nations living under boil water advisories as an activist for the water.

Autumn and her mother Stephanie have been travelling the world to advocate for the protection of the water for all beings on earth.

They joined the Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students Association on zoom to talk about the maple harvest, cycles of the moon, the breaking of the ice as the seasons change, and our responsibilities as humans to restore, defend, and ensure clean water for all.

Follow and support Autumn’s journey as she continues to advocate for First Nations Water rights.

Josie Fiegehen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, SaultOnline.com