When Autumn was 8 years old, she learnt that children younger than her did not know what clean water from a tap was. This led her to learn about the boil water advisories which a large percentage of indigenous communities are under in Canada. Autumn began her activism, speaking at events internationally as an indigenous representative. At 12 years old, Autumn came face-to-face with the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. Their short conversation made international headlines as she stressed the need for him to “take care of our children”. Autumn has spoken about the right to clean water in Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco and across Canada and the USA. In 2019, a film called “The Water Walker” was made about her journey to speaking at the United Nations in New York. In 2021, Autumn launched a petition for change. The petition now has over 100.000 signatures. Autumn’s work has received recognition globally and she has won many awards for her activism, including a feature in the Top 50 Canadian Leaders “The Power List”. Autumn continually fights for the voice of young, indigenous people to be heard. In the future, she hopes to continue to lead youth movements and be a voice for young women and children who are oppressed. Autumn hopes to use her experience to evoke positive change in Canada and around the world.
Nominated by The DreamCatcher FoundationAll 2022 Children’s Peace Prize Nominees