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Autumn Peltier

Chief Water Commissioner, Wiikwemkoong First Nation

A 15-year-old Anishinaabekwe and citizen of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, and a member of the Anishinabek Nation, Autumn is a Water Warrior, who has been advocating for the protection of Nibi (water) and Mother Earth since the age of eight. Inspired and mentored by her Great Auntie Josephine Mandamin, former Chief Water Commissioner of the Anishinabek Nation, Autumn was appointed to the role in June 2019. Rooted and guided by the Seven Grandfather Teachings in all of her endeavors, Autumn has gained national and international recognition and uses that platform to emphasize the connection of the Anishinabek to the land and water and their role to protect the lifeline of Mother Earth, and brings to the forefront the need for clean water for First Nations in Canada.