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Canada Post honors Indigenous leaders

Jul 2, 2024, 10 AM
On June 21, Canada Post continued its Indigenous Leaders series with stamps honoring Elisapie, Josephine Mandamin and Christi Belcourt. The Indigenous Leaders stamp series began in 2022 and pays tribute to the lives and legacies of Indigenous leaders.

By David Hartwig

On June 21, Canada Post issued three new stamps in its Indigenous Leaders series.

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.

The 2024 stamps in the series feature three women: Elisapie, Josephine Mandamin and Christi Belcourt.

Canada Post unveiled the Elisapie and Josephine Mandamin stamp designs June 13 and June 18, respectively. Canada Post scheduled a stamp celebration for the Christi Belcourt issue June 25, after the issue date.

Elisapie

Elisapie Isaac, commonly known as Elisapie, is an Inuk singer, songwriter, filmmaker and activist from Salluit, Nunavik, in northern Quebec, Canada. Born in 1977, she has made significant contributions to the arts and the representation of Inuit culture.

The stamp shows a studio portrait of Elisapie with a landscape photo of northern Quebec’s Nunavik region, where Elisapie was born and raised, in the background.

Josephine Mandamin

Josephine Mandamin, an Anishinaabe elder from the Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada, was a renowned Indigenous leader and environmental activist. Born in 1942, she is best known for her dedication to protecting water, earning her the title “Water Walker.”

The stamp honoring Mandamin shows a photograph of her along with a stylized illustration of water at the bottom.

Christi Belcourt

Christi Belcourt is a Metis visual artist, author and activist born in 1966 in Scarborough, Ontario. Known for her vibrant and intricate beadwork-inspired paintings and her dedication to Indigenous rights and environmental activism, Belcourt has become a significant figure in contemporary Indigenous art and advocacy.

The Christi Belcourt stamp depicts the artist with a section of her painting Reverence for Life in the background.

Souvenir sheet and technical details

Each of the three stamps in the series has a “P” inside a symbolic maple leaf, indicating that it pays the permanent rate (currently 99¢).

Andrew Perro designed the stamps, which were printed by Colour Innovations in three booklets of six: Canada Post ordering number 414259111 for Elisapie, 414258111 for Josephine Mandamin, and 414260111 for Christi Belcourt. The quantity printed was 600,000 of each booklet.

The three stamps also are available in a single souvenir sheet (404260145) designed by Perro and printed in a quantity of 30,000.

Canada Post produced 6,000 first-day covers for each stamp. The product numbers are 414259131 for the Elisapie FDC, 414258131 for Josephine Mandamin, and 414260131 for Christi Belcourt.

Canada Post stamps and related items are available online. Stamps and FDCs are available by mail order from Canada Post Customer Service, Box 90022, 2701 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON K1V 1J8 Canada; or by telephone from the United States or Canada at 800-565-4362, and from other countries at 902-863-6550.

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