Original language of petition: English
We, the undersigned, citizens or residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to make a statement in support of reconciliation by honouring Sergeant Tommy Prince, Canadian war hero, on the new five-dollar bill.
The accomplishments of distinguished Canadians are an integral part of our history and culture. Their representation on our bank notes is an important means to reflect our shared character and values. The Bank of Canada, on behalf of the Government, has taken an open and transparent approach on the selection of the portrait for the new $5 bank note.
The Bank of Canada has sought input from the public through a call for nominations that served to establish an initial list of eligible candidates. The call for nominations for the portrait subject of the $5 bank note closed on March 11, 2020, and served to establish an initial list of eligible nominees (https://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/banknoteable-5/). The names of all iconic Canadians who meet the basic criteria, including Sergeant Tommy Prince, appear on Bank of Canada's website in alphabetical order. The Government is pleased that thousands of Canadians engaged in this process and took time to reflect on the many remarkable Canadians worth celebrating.
All eligible nominations are reviewed by an independent Advisory Council composed of eminent individuals from academia, the cultural sector, and civil society. With the help of public opinion research to gauge the views of Canadians, and additional historical research, the Advisory Council established a short list of candidates from which the Government will select the iconic Canadian who will be the portrait subject of the $5 bank note.
We read your summary on the life and impact of Sergeant Tommy Prince with great interest. The Government has committed to establishing a mutually respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, and will take this petition under careful consideration as we deliberate on the overall design of the $5 bank note. Please be assured that the Government will continue to support Indigenous communities and reconciliation, regardless of which candidate is finally selected.
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.