|Date of Issue||June 21, 2023|
Current monetary value: $0.92.
|Series Time Span||2022 - 2023|
A member of the Neskonlith Indian Band of the Secwepemc Nation in British Columbia, George Manuel, o.c. (1921-89), was a skilled political strategist and author whom many credit with inspiring the modern Indigenous movement in Canada. He headed several national and international Indigenous organizations, and his Constitution Express – which brought supporters from the west to Ottawa, New York and Europe in the early 1980s – contributed to the recognition and affirmation of existing Indigenous and treaty rights in the Constitution Act, 1982. The stamp features Secwepemc artist Tania Willard’s bold reinterpretation of a photograph of Manuel, taken circa 1973, that reflects Indigenous quillwork and blanket designs.
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.