Yukon MLAs urge Bank of Canada to ensure inclusion of northern women

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Yukon MLAs urge Bank of Canada to ensure inclusion of northern women

  • Recommendation to include three Yukon women on new bank notes
  • Motion receives unanimous support


WHITEHORSE—A motion urging the Governor of the Bank of Canada to consider featuring a Yukon woman on a new Canadian bank note was passed unanimously yesterday in the Yukon Legislative Assembly.

The motion urges the governor to consider three notable Yukon women: Martha Louise Purdy Black, OBE, the second woman ever to be elected to the House of Common of Canada; Tagish storyteller Angela Sidney, CM; and Shaaw Tláa, also known as Kate Carmack, co-discoverer of gold in the Klondike.

The motion also asks the Bank of Canada to ensure that Canadian women will continue to be featured on future bank notes, in recognition of their many contributions to shaping history and life in Canada. Lastly, the motion encourages the Bank of Canada to include women from Yukon and the North on its Independent Bank Note Advisory Council.

“There are so many notable women in our history,” Watson Lake MLA Patti McLeod said. “We have Canadian women who were pioneers in their fields, in everything from medicine to politics to leadership.”

The Government of Canada announced on International Women’s Day in March that the Bank of Canada would undertake public consultation to select an iconic Canadian woman to be featured on the first bank note of its next series.

“This motion follows up on a letter that I sent to Governor Poloz earlier this spring,” Yukon Party Leader Darrell Pasloski said. “These three women made great contributions to life and history in the North, and their contributions to Yukon and Canada make them very suitable candidates to represent Canadian women on a bank note.”


Dan Macdonald
Caucus Communications
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