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Nellie Cournoyea

Indigenous Leaders

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Name Value
Date of Issue June 21, 2023
Year 2023
Quantity 660,000
Current monetary value: $0.92.
Series Indigenous Leaders
Series Time Span 2022 - 2023
Postal Administration Canada

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Booklet of 6 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 100,000
Original Purchase Price: $5.52
Perforation: Simulated perforation
Dimension: 32 mm x 40 mm
Printer: Lowe-Martin
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General tagging, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell
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Souvenir Sheet of 3 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 60,000
Original Purchase Price: $2.76
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 128 mm x 92 mm
Printer: Lowe-Martin
Printing Process: Lithography in 4 colours
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General tagging, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell
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Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - 6,000
Original Purchase Price: $1.92
Cancellation Location: Aklavik, NT
Dimension: 190 mm x 112 mm
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About Stamp

Champion of her people – the Inuvialuit of Canada’s western Arctic – Nellie Cournoyea, o.c. (b. 1940, Aklavik, Northwest Territories), was the first Indigenous woman, and second woman, to head a provincial or territorial government in Canada. Elected to the legislature in 1979, she held many ministerial portfolios prior to being selected as Premier of the Northwest Territories (1991-95). Cournoyea played a significant role in the negotiation of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement, which included a land settlement of over 90,000 square kilometres, and the discussions leading to the creation of Nunavut. Still active in her community, she is pictured on her stamp in 2022.

About Stamp Series

Proud advocates for the rights and well-being of their people, the three modern-day Indigenous leaders in this inaugural series are honoured for dedicating their lives to preserving Métis, First Nations and Inuit culture and improving the quality of life of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

The second set of stamps in the Indigenous Leaders series honours three Métis, First Nations and Inuit leaders whose tireless efforts to protect the rights, culture and welfare of their people had a profound influence on Canada’s history.


Design: Andrew Perro; Lime Design Stamps: Nellie Cournoyea – Peggy Jay. George Manuel – Peter Hofle; illustration: Tania Willard. Thelma Chalifoux – Northern Alberta Institute of Technology; artwork: Christi Belcourt, The Celebration (detail).

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