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New $10 bill design honours social justice

The federal government has released designs for the new $10 bills.

The new notes will remain purple in colour and feature Nova Scotian Viola Desmond on one side and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on the other.

Viola Desmond was a successful black business woman and defender or human rights.

In 1946, Desmond refused to leave a “whites-only area” of a movie theatre and was put in jail, convicted and fined. The case is known as one of the first cases where a black woman legally challenged racial segregation in Canada.

The bill will also feature a an artistic rendering of the Halifax’s historic North End where Desmond lived and worked.

Among other Canadian symbols, a golden eagle feather will represent the country’s ongoing journey towards recognizing rights and freedoms for Indigenous Peoples, as well as a rendering of the Library of Parliament’s vaulted dome ceiling.

The bill will be issued into circulation in late 2018 and was unveiled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada governor Stephen S. Poloz on International Women’s Day.

The Bank of Canada said the country’s first prime minister Sir John A. Macdonald, formerly on the $10 bill, will be honoured on a higher value bank note.

You can view the bill in high-quality at, bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/vertical10/?page_moved=1.

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