Jun 12, 2023

By Andy Johnson

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The first Indigenous Canadian woman to lead a provincial or territorial government is on a new stamp.

Canada Post says Nellie Cournoyea is known as a champion of her people in Canada’s western Arctic.

The now 83-year old was the first Indigenous woman, and just the second woman, to head a provincial or territorial government in Canada, serving as premier of the Northwest Territories in the early 1990’s.

In making the announcement Canada Post said Cournoyea is known for the unwavering vision, work ethic and heart that have guided her fight for Indigenous self-determination and Inuit empowerment.

Canada Post says the stamp is one of three Indigenous leaders stamps that will be released on June 21st.

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