“Anyone can use their voice. You have to believe in yourself. I would advocate for others to do this work because it would probably be a stronger message if there were more people.” said Autumn Peltier to United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) in a an interview recently.

The young member of the Wikwemikong First Nation in Canada has been a water rights activists since the age of eight. For Autumn, defending the water is rooted in her traditions. Water is significant to her community, she said and it is women whose role it is to protect it.

“Our water is sacred,” Peltier said. “It has a spirit and we have to treat it like a human being.”

 

Read the full interview here.

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