The first Canadian woman to be featured on a banknote in the country has been chosen.
After making a brief statement, Finance Minister Bill Morneau pulled down a fabric covering to reveal the image of Viola Desmond, a woman often described as Canada’s Rosa Parks.
In 1946, Desmond took a stand by sitting in the whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theatre.
During his statement to the room of assembled dignitaries and media, Morneau said Desmond will grace the front of the $10 bill when the next series goes into circulation in 2018.
Others on the short list were poet E. Pauline Johnson; Elsie MacGill, who received an electrical engineering degree from the University of Toronto in 1927; Quebec suffragette Idola Saint-Jean; and 1928 Olympic medallist Fanny Rosenfeld, a track and field athlete.
One person who was notably absent from the shortlist was Famous Five activist Nellie McClung, the Alberta suffragette who fought in the 1920s for women to be legally recognized as persons in Canada.
There were more than 26,000 submissions from the public, which was later whittled down to 461 eligible nominees who had Canadian citizenship and had been dead for at least 25 years.
Image sourced from Communications Nova Scotia via the Bank of Canada online