The Bank of Canada unveiled a new 10 dollar polymer banknote featuring Civil Rights pioneer Viola Desmond.
Desmond will be the first black person and first woman with no royal blood to appear on a Canadian banknote.
In 1946 she sat in the "Whites only" section of a cinema in New Glasgow. For that she was arrested and fined.
Her act of defiance preceded Rosa Parks by 11 years, but only recently she has been recognized for her actions.
This note is the first of a new series of banknotes. All the notes will be of vertical format.
The 10 dollars note will be issued at the end of the year.
The 5 dollars note will also feature a new iconic portrait subject and supporting imagery. A consultation will be made to determine who will be on it.
The 20 dollars will continue to feature Queen Elizabeth II.
The 50 dollars Will show Sir John A. MacDonald, Canada's first Prime Minister
The 100 dollars Will show Sir Wilfrid Laurier, first francophone Prime Minister.