Canada unveils new $10 bill featuring female civil-rights pioneer Viola Desmond
Mar 10 2018
A new $10 bill featuring Desmond was unveiled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz.
There is also an eagle feather that is the First Nations symbol of truth, power and freedom. She was nominated and voted for by Canadians in 2016's Bank Note-able campaign.
Speaking at a ceremony in Halifax, Desmond's sister Wanda Robson told the crowd she was delighted to see her sister on Canadian currency.
As well as a fun hidden game, the bank also celebrated the launch of the note by releasing a heartwarming video of Desmond's sister getting a first peek of it. "One woman's actions can really make a difference".
With a broken down vehicle on a business trip to Sydney, Nova Scotia on November 8, 1946, Desmond went to a movie in New Glasgow, NS.
The story of Desmond by and large was unknown for half a century, but in recent years the image of this courageous woman appeared on a stamp, and her name is ferry in Halifax harbour. "Her court case was the first known legal challenge against racial segregation brought forth by a Black woman in Canada".
Desmond became famous because of a business trip made her 71 years ago.
For background, in November 1946, Desmond was waiting for her vehicle to be repaired after traveling to New Glasgow.
Because she could not see well from the balcony where black patrons were relegated to sit, she sat on the floor level reserved for whites. "She's not leading the movement because he was ahead of his time".
In 2010, more than six decades after she was arrested, Nova Scotia apologised to Desmond and pardoned her - a posthumous pardon signed into law by Mayann Francis, the province's first African Nova Scotian lieutenant-governor.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you for that", she said on Thursday.