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Drawing - Pen And Ink On Cold-pressed, Eco-friendly, Vegan, Heavyweight Archival Paper
Climate Activist Autumn Peltier is Anishinaabe-kwe of the Wikwemikong First Nation and an internationally-recognized advocate for clean water. She's a Water Protector who's been referred to as a Water Warrior. Peltier addressed world leaders at the UN General Assembly on the issue of water protection at the age of thirteen in 2018.
Inspired by her Great Aunt Josephine Mandamin, Autumn began her advocacy when she was just 8 years old. Her initiation occurred while attending a ceremony at the Serpent River Reservation where she saw a warning sign against drinking the water and learned that not all people in Canada have access to clean drinking water.
In April 2019 Peltier was named the Chief Water Commissioner by the Anishinabek Nation. This position was previously held by her Great-Aunt Josephine. She lives on the unceded Anishinaabe Territory on Manitoulin Island in northern Ontario, Canada.
This portrait comes from my illustration series titled "Visual Activism." It was inspired by Autumn's wise message; "Our waters deserve to be treated as human with human rights. We need to acknowledge our waters with personhood so we can protect our waters." Series 2020.
February 4th, 2020
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