Autumn Peltier, an Indigenous teen (b. 2004) from northeastern Ontario is taking over her great aunt Josephine Mandamin's role as an advocate for water protection of the Great Lakes.
Autumn Peltier has been named the chief water commissioner by the Anishinabek Nation. This is a political advocacy group for 40 First Nations across Ontario.
From Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, Peltier's quest to protect water started when she was eight years old when she visited a community under a boil water advisory. Since then, she has had meetings on the importance of clean water with the Prime Minister and the Assembly of First Nations.
In 2018, she addressed the United Nations on the topic.
According to The Government of Canada: Approximately 2,182 homes and 122 community buildings served by a public water system will be under advisory. By end of June 2020, it is projected there will be 31 long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves.