Famed artist Pitseolak Ashoona is one of eight notable Canadians shortlisted to appear on the next $5 banknote, the Bank of Canada announced this week.
Approximately 45,000 Canadians participated in the call for nominees.
The eight shortlisted candidates were chosen from the more than six hundred nominees put forth during the public consultation period that ended on March 11.
“Canadians put forward the names of hundreds of people who have changed Canada for the better,” said Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem, in a news release.
“I thank the Advisory Council members for their thoughtful and thorough deliberations, and I look forward to seeing which of these eight remarkable individuals will be featured on our next $5 bank note.”
The shortlist was put together by an advisory council made up of seven people.
“A list of eight names may seem like a very short list, but the selected nominees emerged from thoughtful considerations and deep deliberations, to ensure it is a list we would all be proud to present and stand by with determination, whatever the end decision is,” said the Advisory Council members in a statement.
“We deeply believe this list emphasizes the diverse contributions of Canadians to our shared history.”
Pitseolak Ashoona (c. 1904-1908 –1983) was part of the first generation to participate in the Cape Dorset print and drawing program established in the 1950s in Kinngait (then known as Cape Dorset), an island community off the southwest coast of Baffin Island in Canada’s eastern Arctic.
In all, she produced almost 9,000 drawings, mostly focused on traditional Inuit life, and her work appeared in every edition of the annual Cape Dorset print collection.
She was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1974 and she received the Order of Canada in 1977.
Finalist will be announced next year
The shortlist has been forwarded to Canada’s Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland who will announce in early 2021 whose portrait will appear on the note.
“Each of these people deserve recognition for their remarkable contributions to Canada,” Freeland said. “They all overcame barriers, fought for their ideals, and have inspired generations. I invite all Canadians to learn about the stories of these incredible people.”
Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca
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