|Date of Issue||June 21, 2023|
Current monetary value: $0.92.
|Series Time Span||2022 - 2023|
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.
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.