“We are honoured to announce Autumn Peltier as the award recipient of the Environment Award at the 2021 Racial Justice Awards.
She is a water protector and also referred to as a Water Warrior who has been advocating for the protection of Nibi & Mother Earth since the age of 7. Her film “The Water Walker ” gained international claim as Autumn shared the heart-breaking reality that exists across the land and her journey to visit to the UN in NYC. She was inspired and mentored by her Great Auntie Josephine Mandamin, former Chief Water Commissioner of the Anishinabek Nation.
An incredibly decorated 17 year old Anishinaabe-Kwe and citizen of the Wiikwemkong Unceded Territory; Manitoulin Island, a First Nation of the Anishinabek Nation member; currently residing in Ottawa Canada.
Ms Peltier has gained national & international attention & recognition and uses that platform to emphasise the connection of the Anishinabek to the land and water and their role to protect the lifeline of Mother Earth.
Autumn remains focused bringing to the forefront the attention and need for clean water across First Nations in Canada and she is a frequent speaker at the United Nations NYC.
Autumn Peltier was appointed the Anishinabek Nation Chief Water Commissioner in June 2019. Her dedication and passion for Nibi & Mother Earth has resulted in global accreditation. Ms Peltier’s influence and vision has been recognized as one of “30 under 30” by North America for Environmental Education. Her achievements from Mother Teresa Humanitarian nominee to Mohahammed Ali Humanitarian nominee and all inbetween reflect Autumn Peltier’s focus on evoking global change.
In 2019 on the global forum stage; Autumn Peltier was named in the “100 Most Influential People” in the World for Climate change Policy
Autumn’s efforts and passion has put her on global stages in Canada, US, Europe and continues inspiring today’s youth and societies around the world.”