The note also features Agnes McPhail, the first woman elected to the House of Commons; James Gladstone, Canada’s first First Nations senator; Sir George-Étienne Cartier, a father of Confederation and John A. MacDonald, the first prime minister of Canada.
Canadians can obtain the note at financial institutions, according to the Bank of Canada. Some 40 million notes are being issued — roughly one for every Canadian.
The design also incorporates a reproduction of the artwork Owl’s Bouquet by world-renowned Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak and the distinctive arrow sash pattern, an important symbol of the Métis nation that also pays homage to the French-Canadian voyageurs of the 18th century.
Other landscape images on the reverse of the note are the Lions/Twin Sisters in Western Canada, a wheat field from the Prairie provinces, the Canadian Shield from Central Canada and the northern lights for Northern Canada).
Human rights and freedoms icon Viola Desmond will be featured on a new, regularly circulating $10 note expected in late 2018.