The portrait of social justice icon Viola Desmond is featured on the new vertical $10 banknote issued by the Bank of Canada yesterday during a ceremony at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg. The new $10 banknote has security features like a colour shifting eagle feather, which changes from gold to green. Around the large transparent window the detailed metallic images, the Library of Parliament’s vaulted dome ceiling, maple leaves and Canada’s flag and coat of arms.
The large number at the bottom and the word Canada are raised ink on the portrait. The place where she lived and worked i.e the map of the historic North End of Halifax is shown on the note. The note also includes (CMHR) the first museum in the world dedicated solely for the future of human rights. The crisscrossing ramps symbolise the history of human rights in Canada and the world.
An eagle feather representing the ongoing journey towards recognizing rights and freedoms for indigenous peoples in Canada; an excerpt from the Canadian Charter of Rights and freedoms and a pattern of laurel leaves, an ancient symbol of justice. The new $10 banknote will be replaced by the old $10 banknotes in circulation, which includes the Canada 150 commemorative note and the frontiers series $10 note.