New $10 bill features Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond

The Bank of Canada has hidden a video game behind its new $10 bill website

A woman who stood up for the rights of black people in Nova Scotia, and went to jail for it, will be honoured today when the new $10 bill featuring her image is unveiled.

The act of courage of viola Desmond, of which the majority of Canadians knew nothing for many decades, on Thursday, March 8, was finally rewarded at a ceremony in Halifax assigns Desmond the status of prominent figures in the struggle for civil rights.

The Bank of Canada has hidden an aptly named "Inflation Busters" video game on its website promoting the country's new $10 bill.

Last year, the Bank used the same trick to draw people into its messaging on the Canada 150 commemorative $10 bill.

"It's an important story because it shows that standing up for what we believe, whether it's on the steps of Parliament Hill or in a movie theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, can make our country and our world a better place for future generations", he said.

Desmond made her mark in history on November 8, 1946 when she took on segregation in the province of Nova Scotia.

Desmond will be the first black person and first woman unroyal blood, - which will appear on the constantly circulating canadian banknote.

New $10 bill features Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond

The new bill is purple in hue and will also be the first banknote in Canada to have a vertical versus a horizontal design.

According to the CBC, the bill featuring Viola Desmond also includes the images of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, and some text from the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

"We know more about Rosa Parks than Viola Desmond", he said. "It's attractive", she told an audience in Halifax.

It was divided along racial lines: blacks, the audience had to sit on the balcony, while the entire first floor set aside for whites. "She's not leading the movement because he was ahead of his time".

It would take 63 years for Nova Scotia to issue Desmond, who died in 1965, a posthumous apology and pardon.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you for that", she said on Thursday.

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