Twelve-year-old Autumn Peltier didn’t get to deliver her speech in the presence of the prime minister, but she’s still spreading her message that the Canadian government needs to protect the country’s water.
(Via Huffington Post, December 8, 2016)
Peltier, who is from Wikwemikong First Nation in Ontario, had been asked to be part of the introduction of Justin Trudeau at the Assembly of First Nations’ annual meeting on Tuesday. She had prepared three handwritten pages of a speech.
“I’m not here to just have fun to travel and anything, because I have a really serious statement and I really want it to be heard,” she told The Huffington Post Canada in an interview.
But when Peltier got on stage at the Hilton Lac-Leamy hotel in Gatineau, Que., she ended up with only a few moments of the prime minister’s attention, as she gifted him a “water bundle” of a copper bowl containing a red cloth, some tobacco, and a copper cup. Read more.