In 1946, Viola Desmond, a 32-year-old entrepreneur from Halifax, refused to larn out the whites-only department of a pic theatre. Then she was dragged out of the home in addition to jailed for 12 hours later the refusal. This incident had played a purpose inwards sparking Canada’s Civil Rights Movement.
The Viola Desmond $10 bill, unveiled today at a Halifax library past times her sister, Finance Minister Bill Morneau in addition to Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz, honours the dark Nova Scotian businesswoman for her civil rights activism. The pecker too includes images of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and an Eagle feather, said to stand upwardly for reconciliation amongst Indigenous peoples.
The purple polymer notation is non entirely the commencement to characteristic a adult woman of colour, but it too the first vertically oriented bill issued inwards this country. The Bank of Canada said the vertical orientation allowed for a to a greater extent than prominent picture of Desmond, in addition to distinguishes the novel $10 pecker from the electrical flow roster of polymer notes.