Petition to put Canadian woman on Bills includes several aboriginal women


Kenojuak Ashevak, the famed Inuk artist from Cape Dorset, Nunavut, is among dozens of suggestions of notable Canadian women to put on banknotes, generated by people on the petition website (

Tookoolito, another Inuk woman served as a guide and interpreter for several Arctic expeditions, including Charles Frances Hall’s search for Sir John Franklin.

Also suggested are singer/songrwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie, aboriginal rights activist Mary Two-Axe Early, the Inuk artist Pitseolak Ashoona and Desmasduit, one of the last of the Beothuks.

Authorities in the United Kingdom had planned to turf from that country’s banknotes social reformer Elizabeth Fry, the only other British woman after the Queen. 35,000 people signed a petition against the plan. The authorities bowed to public pressure. They did the right thing.

The Bank of England announced that famed Pride and Prejudice author Jane Austen would replaced Charles Darwin on the next £10 note, out probably in 2017.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand recently unveiled a new $10 bill featuring Kate Sheppard, that country’s famous suffragist. The country’s other bills honour Sir. Apirana Ngata, a notable Maori politician and lawyer.

~ by artpoped on January 10, 2015.

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