Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz unveiled the new $10 bank note that will be introduced on June 1, 2017.
The note will still feature Sir John A. Macdonald, it will also feature Agnes Macphail, a champion of equality and human rights who, in 1921, became the first woman elected to the House of Commons in Canada.
James Gladstone a member of the Kainai (Blood) First Nation whose Blackfoot name is Akay-na-muka, meaning “Many guns,” committed himself to the betterment of Indigenous peoples in Canada. In 1958, he became Canada’s first senator of First Nations origin.
Sir George-Étienne Cartier was a principal architect of Canadian federalism and a proponent of Confederation as a means of safeguarding French Canada and other minorities. Cartier led Quebec into the Dominion and later participated in the expansion of Canada west to the Pacific and north to the Arctic Ocean.
It marks the first time a Canadian woman and an indigenous Canadian have been featured on the country's currency.
The new note will keep its purple color for the most part. The note was three years in the making.