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Jose Kusugak

Indigenous Leaders

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue June 21, 2022
Year 2022
Quantity 600,000
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

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Original Purchase Price: $2.76
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 128 mm x 92 mm
Printer: Lowe-Martin
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 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: Rankin Inlet NU
Dimension: 190 mm x 112 mm
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About Stamp

Jose Kusugak (1950-2011) is considered a Father of Confederation by some for his pivotal role in the creation of Nunavut. Born in Repulse Bay, Northwest Territories (now Naujaat, Nunavut), he attended residential school and later worked as a teacher, linguist, award-winning broadcaster and head of several major Inuit organizations. He was involved in developing a standardized, dual writing system for Inuktitut and explained the land claim concept to communities across the Arctic – coining the phrase “First Canadians, Canadians First” to describe his people. He is pictured on his stamp, along with his name written in Inuktitut.

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: Laura Minja (Lime Design); Andrew Perro Stamps: Marie-Anne Day Walker-Pelletier – Ilona Lee Pelletier; background – Cory Generoux. Harry Daniels – The Canadian Press; background – Danielle Tocker. Jose Kusugak – NWT Archives, © GNWT, G-1995-001-1209.

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