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Media advisory: Canada Post to unveil stamp honouring First Nations water-rights activist Josephine Mandamin in third issue of the Indigenous Leaders stamp series

June 14, 2024

NationTalk: THUNDER BAY, ON – On National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21), Canada Post will issue a new set of stamps honouring three Indigenous leaders. Elisapie, Josephine Mandamin and Christi Belcourt will each be featured on a stamp in recognition of their environmental advocacy and championing the rights and cultures of their Inuit, First Nations and Métis communities.

Josephine Mandamin was an Anishinaabe Elder and world-renowned water-rights activist who co-founded the Mother Earth Water Walk movement to draw attention to the issues of water pollution and environmental degradation. Her stamp will be unveiled in Thunder Bay, Ont., on Tuesday, June 18.

The upcoming stamp set is the third in Canada Post’s Indigenous Leaders stamp series. Launched in 2022, the series highlights the contributions of modern-day First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders who have dedicated their lives to preserving their cultures and improving the quality of life of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

The stamps are each being unveiled and celebrated at separate local events. The unveiling and celebration of the stamps honouring Elisapie and Christi Belcourt will take place on June 13 and June 25, respectively.

WHAT: Josephine Mandamin stamp unveiling event

Family and friends of Josephine Mandamin, including her daughter Regina Mandamin
Elder Shirley Ida Williams
Councillor Jenelle Charlie, Fort William First Nation
Acting Mayor of Thunder Bay and Northwood Councillor Dominic Pasqualino
Jon Hamilton, Vice-President, Strategic Communications and Engagement, Canada Post

WHERE: The Celebration Circle (Outdoor Theatre), in the Spirit Garden, Sleeping Giant Parkway, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7A 0E7

WHEN: Tuesday, June 18 at 10 am EDT

Other stamps in this issue

The stamp honouring Elisapie will be unveiled in Montréal on June 13, while the celebration event for Christi Belcourt’s stamp will take place on June 25 in Ottawa.

For more information: Canada Post Media Relations, 613-734-8888,