"The names made the cut based on five distinct categories. They changed Canada and Canadians for the better, their impact is known nationally across the country, their impact reflects Canadian values, they are uniquely Canadian and known beyond their local/regional communities, and they had an impact that is relevant today.
The Bank of Canada has released a short list of eight iconic Canadians who could be featured on the next $5-dollar bill.
They are (in alphabetical order):
- Pitseolak Ashoona: [c. 1904-1908]–1983
- Robertine Barry (“Françoise”): 1863–1910
- Binaaswi (Francis Pegahmagabow): 1888–1952
- Won Alexander Cumyow: 1861–1955
- Terry Fox: 1958–1981
- Lotta Hitschmanova: 1909–1990
- Isapo-muxika (Crowfoot): c. 1830–1890
- Onondeyoh (Frederick Ogilvie Loft): 1861–1934
The list has been submitted for consideration to the Minister of Finance, who will announce in early 2021 the next portrait subject of the $5 bank note.
Each of these people deserve recognition for their remarkable contributions to Canada. They all overcame barriers, fought for their ideals, and have inspired generations," said Chrystia Freeland of the nominees. "And to the tens of thousands of Canadians who took the time to nominate the many noteworthy people in our history, thank you."