“With it’s new vertical design ,we Manitobans will be taking a frequent look at this exciting new addition to our wallets. A picture of the courageous Viola Desmond, a picture of the eagle feather, and a picture of the National Museum of Human Rights right here in Winnipeg will make us proud on a regular basis. “ – Valerie Thompson, MHRI President
Desmond, who stood up for the rights of black people in Nova Scotia the 1940s, and even went to jail for it, was honoured on International Women’s Day with her image on the new $10 bill. It is particularly poignant to have Viola’s 91-year-old sister able to witness the appreciation for the cause and struggle her sister played a role in furthering.
Another very exciting aspect of the new bill for human rights advocates, particularly in Winnipeg, is the image featuring the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights on the opposite side of the new $10 banknote.
“It’s hard to put into words how proud and excited I was to learn that our museum would be featured on this historic bank note,” said CMHR president and CEO Dr. John Young.
Desmond is the first black person — and the first non-royal woman — to be featured on a regularly circulating Canadian bank note.
“It was long overdue for a banknote to feature an iconic Canadian woman,” said Stephen Poloz, Governor of the Bank of Canada.
This side also includes an excerpt from the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and an eagle feather representing the continuing struggle for recognition of the rights of Canada’s Indigenous people.
With the new vertical design, and a denomination that has very high circulation, Canadians will be taking a very close look at this exciting new addition to their wallets. It will serve as a constant reminder of the importance of several important pillars that the Manitobans for Human Rights Inc. stands for.
There are many news items online, including this story by CBC: (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/viola-desmond-10-unveiled-1.4567290)