Applaud Canadian Bill Featuring Civil Rights Activist

Target: Stephen Poloz, Bank of Canada Governor

Goal: Applaud new Canadian $10 bill that features the inspiring civil rights activist Viola Desmond.

Black civil rights activist Viola Desmond is honored on the newest edition of the Canadian $10 bill. Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and Finance Minister Bill Morneau revealed the note in early March 2018. Desmond is the first black person on a Canadian bank note. Desmond’s legacy with black civil rights is most poignantly remembered for her refusal to sit in the black-only section of a movie theater in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia in 1946. She was subsequently arrested.

During a presentation at the Halifax Central Library on International Women’s Day, Poloz said: “It was long past time for a bank note to feature an iconic Canadian woman.” The new $10 bill is vertically oriented with the portrait of Desmond on one side and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg on the other side. However, the bill is breaking barriers in Canadian bank note history for more than just women. Desmond is not only the first woman and black person but also the first non-royal to be included on a regularly circulating note. Russell Grosse, the Executive Director of the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia told the Canadian Press, “It’s a long-awaited sense of belonging for the African Canadian community. The launch of the bill sends people of African descent the message that Canada is finally accepting us. We belong.”

Sign this petition to applaud Stephen Poloz for including Viola Desmond on the new Canadian $10 bill.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Poloz,

Although Viola Desmond’s story often goes untold, her legacy is one of courageous defiance from which Canadians and people everywhere can learn to better understand how an individual can impact an entire movement. The inclusion of Desmond’s image on the new Canadian $10 bill makes her the first woman, black person, and non-royal on a regularly circulating Canadian bank note.

By honoring Desmond on the new edition of the $10 bill, her legacy will be publicized in a way that it has never been before. The decision to include her image shows your strong support of the feminist movement and the civil rights movement. Russell Grosse, Executive Director of the Black and Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, said of the new bank note, “It’s a long-awaited sense of a belonging for the African Canadian community. The launch of the bill sends people of African descent the message that Canada is finally accepting us. We belong.” I applaud your decision to include Desmond on the new $10 bill and I hope that the Bank of Canada continues to find ways to support the different facets of the diverse Canadian community.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Norm Kelly

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One Comment

  1. Gen Agustsson says:

    ladies on the bill so enough with the males on the bill.

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