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Indigenous water activist Autumn Peltier speaks at UN sustainability forum

Autumn Peltier, a teenage activist from Wiikwemkoong First Nation on Manitoulin Island, Ont., addresses the United Nations General Assembly on March 22, 2018. She’ll return to the UN headquarters in New York on Saturday to advocate for water protection in Canada’s Indigenous communities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-United Nations-Manuel Elias MANDATORY CREDIT
Summary

The 15-year-old activist urged the global community to respect the sacredness and importance of clean water

Peltier used the speech to draw attention to the lack of clean water in numerous Indigenous communities

Peltier speech comes a day after huge crowds took to the streets in Canada as part of a global climate strike

NEW YORK — Indigenous water activist Autumn Peltier addressed hundreds of international guests at UN headquarters in Manhattan Saturday.

The 15-year-old activist from Wiikwemkoong First Nation on Manitoulin Island in northern Ontario urged the global community to respect the sacredness and importance of clean water.

Peltier spoke at the Global Landscapes Forum, a platform on sustainable land use founded by UN Environment and the World Bank that’s dedicated to achieving development and climate goals.

She used the speech to draw attention to the lack of clean water in numerous Indigenous communities, which she says sparked her activism at a young age.

Peltier called for an end to plastic use as one step in restoring a more sustainable world.

Her speech comes a day after huge crowds took to the streets in Canada as part of a global climate strike.