Six Nations poet E. Pauline Johnson is again being pitched to grace Canadian currency.

The Bank of Canada has launched public consultations to select an iconic Canadian to appear on the next $5 bank note, taking the place of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Canada’s first francophone prime minister, who has been on the $5 bill for almost 50 years.

Toronto resident Jim Gibson thinks there’s something about Pauline — the name of an exhibit he curated and displayed in Brantford last year — that makes her an ideal choice as the face of the bill.

“Pauline Johnson deserves to be commemorated on the new $5 bill because the telling of her story will increase knowledge, acceptance, empathy, awareness and appreciation of Indigenous histories, traditions, cultures and contributions in Canada,” said Gibson in his proposal to Stephen Poloz, governor of the Bank of Canada.

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