Viola Desmond Featured on Canada's First-Ever Vertical Bank Note

When the new $10 bill goes into circulation later this year, it'll mark the first time that an iconic Canadian woman is portrayed on a regularly circulating Bank of Canada note.

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz unveiled the new $10 bank note Thursday featuring Viola Desmond during a ceremony at the Halifax Central Library. Once issued into circulation in late 2018, it will mark the first time that an iconic Canadian woman is portrayed on a regularly circulating Bank of Canada note. Viola Desmond was selected for the new $10 bank note following an open call to Canadians to nominate an iconic Canadian woman for the next redesigned bank note. A successful Black Nova Scotian businesswoman, Viola Desmond defiantly refused to leave a whites-only area of a movie theatre in 1946 and was subsequently jailed, convicted and fined. Her court case is one of the first known legal challenges against racial segregation brought forth by a Black woman in Canada. This new $10 note is the first vertically oriented bank note issued in Canada. This will allow for a more prominent image of Viola Desmond and differentiates this new $10 note from the current polymer notes. The back of the $10 bank note features images and symbols that represent Canada's ongoing pursuit of rights and freedoms. To see a full version of the new bank note visit this link: Bank of Canada - Government of Canada Release

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