Celebrating Viola Desmond on the New $10 Bill

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 12:30 to 13:30

Franklin Lew Forum, Allard Hall 








On behalf of the Bank of Canada, Dean Catherine Dauvergne of the Allard School of Law at UBC is pleased to invite you to a special ceremony to issue the new $10 bank note, featuring Canadian civil rights icon, Viola Desmond.

Viola Desmond was a successful businesswoman who was jailed, convicted and fined for defiantly refusing to leave a whites-only area of a movie theatre in Nova Scotia in 1946. Her experience with discrimination inspired the determined pursuit to achieve social and legal equality for members of the African Canadian community as well as for other racialized minorities in Canada.

Join us on November 19th to learn more about Viola and the significance of this choice. A short speaking program will be followed by a light lunch and an opportunity to exchange your old $10 bank note with a new one. 

Madam Justice Nitya Iyer 
Julian Okot Bitek (Poet, Writer and Scholar)
Sara Ghebremusse (Assistant Professor, Allard School of Law)

Please RSVP for this event. 

Learn more about the new $10 bank note.