New $10 bill features Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond


African-Canadian civil rights activist Viola Desmond has been honoured with a new $10 bill featuring her image, cementing her legacy as a trailblazer and activist who refused to accept prevailing attitudes about race and gender.

Harrison said the bank saw a lot of people engage with the website a year ago because of the Easter egg, and it wanted to do something for the new $10 bill that would have the same kind of impact.

"I'm numb with joy", Robson said at the time of her sister's pardon.

A new $10 bill featuring Desmond was unveiled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz. "And putting a symbol of Viola Desmond, an iconic campaigner really for human rights, for women, as far back as 1946 is so impactful not only for this generation, for future generations". "Her legal challenge galvanized the black community in Halifax's north end and paved the way for a broader understanding of the importance of human rights across our country". She is also the first non-royal woman on a regularly circulating Canadian bank note.

The new bill is purple in hue and will also be the first banknote in Canada to have a vertical versus a horizontal design.

Her sister, Wanda Robson, was among those who attended a 2016 ceremony where it was announced Desmond was chosen from a short list of other noted Canadian women to be featured on the currency. "She's just one of many of us who have suffered".

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The segregated theatre relegated black patrons to the balcony, while floor seating was reserved for whites. Desmond, a beautician and entrepreneur from north end Halifax who sold her own line of cosmetics, was headed to Sydney, N.S., when her vehicle broke down.

Desmond, 32, was dragged out of the theatre by police and jailed for defiantly sitting in the "whites only" section of a film house.

"Viola Desmond carried out a singular act of courage", Saney said.

Looking to kill time while her vehicle was being repaired, she stopped by a local movie theatre. Nova Scotia issued a posthumous pardon to her in 2009, decades after her protest and 1965 death.

"I say thank you, thank you, thank you", Robson continued.