Social Responsibility

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As part of our inclusionary ethos, we worked in 2021 with Black Canadians and First Nations communities in the Yukon to create commemorative coins. In the first case, we worked with Nova Scotia’s Black Loyalist Heritage Society to design a $20 silver coin honouring the free and enslaved Black people who resettled in British North America around the time of the American Revolution. In the second, we partnered with members of the Carcross/Tagish and Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nations to create a circulation loonie that pays tribute to Indigenous people forcibly displaced during the Klondike Gold Rush.

Our commitment to representation is ongoing. In 2022, Oscar Peterson, the iconic, internationally renowned pianist who grew up in Montreal’s Little Burgundy neighbourhood, became the first musician and first Black Canadian to be commemorated on a Canadian circulation coin.

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Also in 2022, the Mint partnered with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) and its Survivors Circle to produce the Truth and Reconciliation Keepsake. “Every child matters” is inscribed on the keepsake, which is both a reminder of the 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children taken from their families forced into residential, day and boarding schools across Canada, and a call to action for Canadians to integrate reconciliation into their everyday lives. The net proceeds of the Truth and Reconciliation keepsake will be donated to NCTR’s Na-mi-quai-ni-mak Community Support Fund for survivors and their communities.

Na-mi-quai-ni-mak means “I remember them” in Anishinaabemowin.

This keepsake is part of the Mint’s Charitable Program. Our first charitable product — launched in June 2020 to recognize essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic — allowed us to donate almost $750,000 to Breakfast Club of Canada, an organization that provides meals to school children across the country.