Residents from across Canada will likely soon have a bit of the North Shore in their financial holdings.
The Bank of Canada’s new $10 bill entering circulation this month prominently features an image of the Lions’ snowcapped peaks as seen from Capilano Lake. The bill commemorates the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
“These iconic peaks overlook Vancouver, British Columbia, and were given the name The Lions by John Hamilton Gray, a Father of Confederation who later served on the Supreme Court of British Columbia,” a statement from the Bank of Canada reads. “The local Squamish people (Skwxwú7mech in the Squamish language) know the peaks as Ch’ich’iyúy Elxwíkn or the Twin Sisters. The view of these peaks shows Capilano Lake in the foreground, named after the supreme chief of the Squamish people.”
The Lions share the reverse side of the bill with other images from other distinct regions: Prairie wheat fields, the Canadian Shield, Cape Bonavista and the Northern Lights.
The front of the bill features Sir John A. Macdonald, the first prime minister of Canada; Father of Confederation Sir George-Étienne Cartier; Agnes Macphail, the first woman elected to the House of Commons, and Indigenous leader James Gladstone or Akay-na-muka in the Blackfoot language.
The Bank of Canada is issuing 40 million of commemorative bank notes through financial institutions. The current $10 bill will stay in circulation until it is replaced in 2018.
– Brent Richter