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Canada Post announces June 21 Indigenous Leaders stamp subjects

Jun 17, 2024, 10 AM

By David Hartwig

On June 4, Canada Post announced the subjects of three new stamps to be issued June 21 as part of its Indigenous Leaders stamp series.

The stamps will feature Elisapie, Josephine Mandamin and Christi Belcourt, members of the Inuit, First Nations and Metis communities, respectively.

Canada Post scheduled an unveiling event for the stamp honoring Elisapie (b. Elisapie Isaac, 1977) on Thursday, June 13, in Montreal, Quebec.

An award-winning singer-songwriter, actor, director, producer and activist, Elisapie “has devoted her life to raising awareness of Inuit language, heritage and culture,” Canada Post said.

A June 18 event in Thunder Bay, Ontario, unveils the stamp honoring water-rights activist Josephine Mandamin (1942-2019). Mandamin co-founded the Mother Earth Water Walk movement and undertook numerous long-distance walks around the Great Lakes and other bodies of water in North America.

Canada Post scheduled a stamp celebration for artist and environmentalist Christi Belcourt (b. 1966) in Ottawa, Ontario, on June 25, after the issue date.

Belcourt’s work emulates Metis floral beadwork, and the artist “uses her talent to celebrate nature, honour her ancestors, advocate for the protection of land and water, and support Indigenous knowledge, culture and language,” according to Canada Post.

The Indigenous Leaders stamp series began in 2022 and pays tribute to the lives and legacies of Indigenous leaders. The June 21 issue date coincides with National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada.

Additional information on the three new Indigenous Leaders stamps will be published in a future issue of Linn’s.

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