Two weeks ago the list was down to five potential women.
But in case you haven’t been paying attention, let us give you a quick rundown of the timeline that’s lead to this historic moment:
Okay, now that you’re all caught up, the first Canadian woman who will be featured on a Canadian banknote is Viola Desmond.
Desmond lived in Nova Scotia from 1914-1965 and is described by the Bank of Canada thusly:
Viola Desmond remains an icon of the human rights and freedoms movement in Canada. A successful Nova Scotia businesswoman, she defiantly refused to leave a whites-only area of a movie theatre in 1946 and was subsequently jailed, convicted and fined. Her court case was the first known legal challenge against racial segregation brought forth by a Black woman in Canada.
You can read much more about Desmond’s incredible life here. Her portrait will appear on Canada’s new $10 note, and “through consultation with subject matter experts, the reverse side of the note will depict symbols and images that represent the broader themes of social justice and the struggle for rights and freedoms.”
The new $10 banknote is expected to arrive in late 2018.
Watch Desmond’s Heritage Minute below: