TORONTO – Relatives of the finalists are reflecting on the role their ancestors played in shaping the nation as the Canadian government is expected to release a new $ 5 banknote in the coming days.
One of Canada’s most decorated tribal warriors, known for his expert scoring skills during World War I, was one of the finalists.
His grandson Brian McKinz remembered him so much.
“What we remember most about him is his calmness, his tenderness, his kindness and his ability to find a better way with all people,” McKinns said.
Of the eight finalists, four are influential Indigenous people who have made unique contributions to Canadian society.
The list includes Frederick Ogilvi Loft, another World War I veteran who started one of Canada’s first national indigenous political groups in 1918. Also commemorated for his leadership and peace-keeping efforts in the 19th century, Crawfoot and self-taught Inuit artist Pitziolak Ashuna praised the body of works of art depicting Inuit culture.
“They really had a positive attitude that the profit for one is the profit for everyone,” McKinsey said.
Yet singer-songwriter Lucy Idlow sits on the advisory board considering the final advisers. His grandfather, Joseph Idlow, was on the $ 2 banknote until it was discontinued in 1996.
“You know, two generations later, I continue to enjoy the benefits of being her granddaughter,” Idlow said.
The Bank of Canada says it has received more than 600 qualified names from nearly 45,000 Canadians, and an advisory panel has listed the names of eight.
Bank of Canada spokeswoman Amelie-Ferran Craig said: “You can say for sure that this is the first time.
Other nominees include Terry Fox, who charmed the nation during his marathon of hope in support of cancer research, and Alexander Kumyov, a lawyer from Vancouver who worked to unite the city’s English – speaking and Chinese communities.
Also on the list are Canadian philanthropist Lotta Hitchmanova and one of Quebec’s first female journalists, Robert Barry.