Canada’s Native Population and Most
Recent Territory on Canada 150 Stamp

Canada’s native population and the creation of its latest, largest, and northernmost territory — Nunavut — is the seventh topic unveiled in the stamp set that celebrates Canada’s sesquicentennial.

Nunavut, a vast area of more than 785,000 square miles and populated primarily by Inuit, residents of native origin, was carved out of the Northwest Territories and formally created in 1999. It’s the only major map change since 1967 when Canada marked its centennial.

The stamp shows a partial portrait of an Inuit woman and the year “1999.” The name of the territory appears in English and native Inuit.

On June 1, Canada Post will issue a set of 10 maple leaf-shaped stamps celebrating significant achievements, places, and people from the past 50 years.

Nunavut has a population of about 37,000. The stamp was unveiled in  the territory’s capital, Iqaluit, which is in the east on Baffin Island.

The Nunavut economy includes mining; oil, gas, and mineral exploration; arts and crafts; hunting; fishing and whaling; tourism; military; and research.

Nunavut is home to the world’s northernmost permanently inhabited place, Alert, which has about 60 residents (and temporary military personnel manning a signals station) and is 508 miles from the North Pole. There are no roads directly connecting Alert to the rest of the province, though there are 530 miles of roadways within the territory.

Another Canada 150 stamp will be unveiled Wednesday and the final two on Thursday when the stamps go on sale in various formats.

Canada Post previously unveiled six previous stamps in the Canada 150 set: Expo 67/Habitat, the patriation of the Constitution and creation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadarm (space achievements), Marriage Equality, the Trans-Canada Highway, and Terry Fox and the Marathon of Hope. Details are available at canadapost.ca/canada150.

Inspirational Cancer Warrior Terry Fox Honored in Canada 150 Series

Terry Fox — a determined young athlete who seemingly willed himself into the spirit of an entire nation — will be featured on a stamp in a set commemorating Canada’s sesquicentennial.

Fox, a Winnipeg native, was just 18 in March 1977 when doctors discovered he had an aggressive form of bone cancer and amputated his right leg 6 inches above the knee.

Three years later, Fox doggedly set out on a cross-country fundraiser on April 12, 1980 by dipping his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean in St. John’s, Newfoundland and started running westward, intent on raising money to fight cancer.

Dubbed the “Marathon of Hope,” Fox managed about 26 miles a day, but was disappointed by a lukewarm reception through the Maritimes and Quebec. But by the time he reached Ontario, word had spread about the handsome young athlete with the moppish curly hair and the skip gait who was running the equivalent of a marathon every day.

Money, cheers, and honors started pouring in. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, hockey great Bobby Orr, and actress Maggie Smith were just a few of the many celebs who came out to meet the courageous young runner. He would receive the distinguished insignia of a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Fox bravely hobbled his way nearly to Thunder Bay, Ontario. But the Marathon of Hope sadly ended September 1, 1980 as Fox could no longer run. Cancer had spread to his lungs. Fox covered in 5,373 kilometers (3,338 miles), more than halfway across the country, in 143 days. He died June 28, 1981, a month before his 23rd birthday.

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Canada Post Issues Eid Permanent Rate Stamp May 24

Canada Post issued May 24 a new Eid permanent rate stamp in a booklet of 10. The stamp was unveiled at two events held in the evening of May 23. Below is the official press release for the new stamp’s issuance.

[Canada Post Press Release]

Canada Post issues Eid stamp to recognize two festivals celebrated by Muslims in Canada and around the world; Stamp launched at events in Montréal and Richmond Hill

OTTAWA – Canada Post today issued an Eid stamp that recognizes Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, two of the most important festivals celebrated by Muslims in Canada and worldwide.

The stamps were unveiled at events with members of the Muslim communities in Montréal, Que. and Richmond Hill, Ont. Montréal and the Greater Toronto Area are home to more than half of Canada’s over 1 million Muslims.

Eid al-Fitr
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the month in which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk – one of the most distinctive practices of Islam. Eid al-Fitr, or the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast, falls on the first day of the tenth month of the Islamic calendar, Shawwal (around June 26, 2017, in Canada). The stamp is being issued a month ahead of Eid al-Fitr. On the day of Eid, many Muslims congregate in mosques or in open spaces, where they will perform a special ritual prayer prescribed for Eid. People dress in their finest clothes, decorate their homes with lights, give treats to children, and visit with friends and family.

Eid al-Adha
With Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, Muslims commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. The festival also marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest site in Islam. It falls on the tenth day of the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar, Dhul Hijjah (around September 2, 2017, depending on when the new moon is seen).

Like Eid al-Fitr, this celebration can include special ritual prayers, lavish meals, and visits with friends and family. It also includes gift-giving and acts of charity.
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Trans-Canada Highway Honored on Canada 150 Stamp

The Trans-Canada Highway — one of the longest continuous roadways in the world — will be honored on a maple leaf-shaped stamp to be issued June 1 honoring Canada’s sesquicentennial.

The stamp, the fifth to be revealed in the set of 10, was unveiled during a live ceremony today in Regina, Saskatchewan. The Canada 150 stamps, all in the shape of a maple leaf, honor significant Canadian events, people, and accomplishments that have occurred since the 1967 centennial.

The stamp shows a section of the highway with a picturesque tree-covered hill in the background. In the foreground is one of the highway’s distinctive white-on-green maple lead road marker. The date “1971” is at the bottom.

The highway spans 4,990 miles between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, traveling through 10 provinces. Construction began in 1950; a section of the highway opened in 1961 and it was finished in 1971.

Gavin Semple, president of Brandt Industries Ltd. of Regina, Saskatchewan, took part in the unveiling ceremony, which took place outdoors beneath a tent at Brandt headquarters. He talked about driving the highway as a young truck driver. During Canada Post’s live video feed from the event, vehicles could be seen zooming past on the highway in the background.

The Brandt Group, based in Regina with about 1,800 employees, is a major supplier of agricultural and other heavy industry equipment, including tractors, augers, conveyors, harrows, excavators, pipe-testing, graders, and loaders.

Aside from Canada Post officials, Ken Hardie, a member of Parliament, and Ken Cheveldayoff, Saskatchewan’s minister of Parks, Culture, and Sport, also took part in the ceremony, as did country music performers Dean Brody and Madeline Merlo, who are on tour. Hardie offered an anecdote about having a recent breakdown on the highway when it was -29 (C.) degrees. Cheveldayoff gave a nod to the start of Canada’s rural mail delivery system in 1908.

Singer and songwriter Brody, 41, a native of British Columbia, has been performing and recording since 2008.

In a video, he talked about the importance of the Trans-Canada Highway and its link to Canada’s wide open spaces and how it links Canada’s people, nature and small towns. He noted how he had lived in the U.S. for about four years when he returned to Canada and spent six weeks driving the entire highway westward from Victoria to Newfoundland.

“To have a highway to connect the whole country together is a big deal,” Brody said.

He has created six albums, including the debut of Brothers (2008–09) and his latest being Beautiful Freakshow (2016). Brody has received more than 40 Juno and Canadian Country Music Association nominations and has scored 11 wins, including a 2016 Juno for Country Music Album of the Year for Gypsy Road.

The Canada 150 set of 10 will be formally issued June 1. Between now and then, five more stamp designs will be unveiled.

Canada Post has previously unveiled Habitat and Expo 67, the patriation of the Constitution and creation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadarm (space accomplishments), and Marriage Equality as the first four celebratory moments of 10 in its Canada 150 program. Details are available at canadapost.ca/canada150.

Formula One Racing Roars Onto
Five New Canadian Stamps

Five legendary auto racers appear on a new set of stamps honoring the 50th anniversary of Formula One racing in Canada.

The stamps, which will be sold in booklets of 10 and a souvenir sheet of five, depict Canadian hero Gilles Villeneuve, along with Sir Jackie Stewart and Lewis Hamilton, of Great Britain, Brazil’s Ayrton Senna, and Germany’s Michael Schumacher. Three of the drivers are still living.

The stamps were formally unveiled May 15 in a ceremony in Montreal, home to Grand Prix racing in Canada, and will be officially released today, Tuesday, May 16. This year’s race is June 11. Here is the video of the unveiling event:

In addition to the driver’s profile, each stamp features a small checkered flag (indicative of the winning driver in a race), the driver’s native flag, an outline of a race car, the Formula One symbol and the year dates 1967–2017.

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