CBC - September 28, 2019
Canadian Indigenous water activist Autumn Peltier, 15, addressed hundreds of international guests at UN headquarters in Manhattan on Saturday, where she urged the global community to respect the sacredness and importance of clean water.
"I've said it once, and I'll say it again: we can't eat money or drink oil," said the activist from Wiikwemkoong First Nation on Manitoulin Island in northern Ontario.
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.
"All across these lands, we know somewhere where someone can't drink the water. Why so many, and why have they gone without for so long?"
She said she's been taught traditional knowledge from an early age about the sacredness of water, and that more people should learn these lessons.
"Maybe, we need to have more elders and youth together sitting at the decision table when people make decisions about our lands and waters."
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.
The speech was her second at the UN headquarters, having urged the General Assembly to "warrior up" and take a stand for our planet last year. ...
See full report with video of Ms. Peltier's speech at CBC