Canada, 13 years
Nominated by David Suzuki Foundation
Don’t wait for anyone to tell you to fight for our water, just do it, no one is going to give you permission, and if you don’t do it now, who will do it?
Autumn, 13, is an indigenous girl and a passionate water ambassador. She fights for the right of indigenous Canadians to be able to access clean water. The Assembly of First Nations Youth Council passed a resolution to support Autumn’s advocacy and created a fund in honor of her work. Autumn named the fund, which helps first nation people with water crises, the Nibi Ogitchidaw Fund (Water Warrior Fund). She has been chosen to represent Canadian first nation children on many occasions at home and abroad; in 2015 she addressed the Children’s Climate Conference in Sweden about the importance of clean drinking water and the rights of indigenous people. She received a Me to We Award for Youth in Action in the under 12 category. Autumn is currently fundraising for a neighboring First Nation community. She hopes to finish school, travel and study law and political science so that she can advocate for her people at a higher level.