A man visits the Climate Generations Areas, part of the COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference on Dec. 1, 2015 in Le Bourget, north of Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
"Some of our world leaders are worried about war. We need to also worry about climate change because it is happening now and it is happening fast. We have to stop it before it gets so bad we can't do anything about it." Autumn Peltier, 11, then warbled an Anishinaabe song of prayer for the earth's water, breaking into sobs as she sang but finishing nonetheless. She left most of assembly hall in tears. "This young child-woman that brought forth tears, it's the tears of Mother Earth," Francois Paulette, the acting regional chief for the Northwest Territories, said in response. "That's where we are in our history of our world. Climate change, global warming, is happening." NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, who had earlier addressed the gathering, told reporters talk of a nation-to-nation approach is not enough. "It has to have a base that's solid, that's concrete - and that includes a place at the table .... First Nations have to be there," he said. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told First Nations leaders that a new relationship based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership needs to be established with Aboriginal Peoples. - with files from Bruce Cheadle in Gatineau, Que.
"It has to have a base that's solid, that's concrete - and that includes a place at the table .... First Nations have to be there."
— Tom Mulcair
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