2023 Community Hero
ABOUT THE Hero
Autumn Peltier is an Indigenous Rights & Water activist whose journey for justice has made waves around the globe. She is 19 years old.
Peltier captivated the world’s attention at the age of 12 when she admonished Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at an Assembly of First Nations event, for the choices he had made for her people.
At 13, Peltier first spoke at the United Nations General Assembly. Amongst many accolade’s she’s received the Sovereign Medal of Exceptional Volunteerism from the Governor-General of Canada and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Invited back in 2018 & 2019, she spoke at the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit in New York and continues to travel the international stage speaking about Indigenous rights, inclusion and collaboration all while inspiring the next generation of voice.
She’s been a featured speaker at The World Economic Forum sharing the stage with Greta Thundberg, is a regular guest speaker at The United Nations, has been shortlisted for the International Children’s Peace Prize 3 times and in 2022 was runner-up for International Children’s Peace Prize with the Nobel Peace Prize committee.
Further; in 2022 The Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa Canada built an Autumn Peltier showcase display highlighting her work and contributions as part of Canada’s history.
She has been featured on the front cover of Maclean’s in the Top 50 Canadian Power List as well as featured in ELLE 100 Women Change Makers.
In 2022; Peltier was an Honorary Doctorate Inductee from Royal Roads University, received the Daniel G Hill Award from Ontario Human Rights Commission as well as the Emerging Canadian Leader Award from Public Policy Forum.
Autumn’s movie “The Water Walker” documentary was released on HBO Canada in 2021 and has been accepted across many of Canada’s school boards.