"For the 150th year since Confederation, Canada Post expanded its storytelling role by issuing 10 stamps – in the shape of a maple leaf for the first time in their history."
The Canada 150 issue celebrates 10 of our country’s most transformative moments. These special stamps recreate the events that united us, moved us forward and made us proud to be Canadian. Casting our eyes back on the past 50 years since our centennial in 1967, Canada Post selected 10 truly iconic milestones and accomplishments from a wealth of social progress, innovation and other significant achievements that have positioned us as a vibrant and successful nation on the world stage.
There is no question that we Canadians have so much to celebrate for Canada 150. We are a model of tolerance and diversity to the world - a fact reflected in some of the 10 chosen topics. We showed ourselves to be a nation poised for progress during our 100th anniversary, and over the past five decades, we have proved ourselves as builders, creators and inventors, constantly meeting the challenge to be the very best. We have succeeded and achieved greatness in science, sports, leadership and much more. That excellence, that achievement, is an integral part of this stamp issue.
We want to share this Canada 150 celebration with you - not just through these 10 magnificent maple leaf-shaped stamps - but through the stories behind them, the unveilings where we came together with Canadians across this land - and together we rose, lumps in our collective throats, so proud of what we’ve accomplished and empowered to take on the challenges of the future.
"Terry Fox’s 1980 quest to run across the country on an artificial leg remains an enduring symbol of courage and hope."
There are Canadians – like Terry Fox – whose courage and determination allow their stories to live on in others. In 1980, his Marathon of Hope inspired a nation and captivated a country. His remarkable achievement changed public perceptions of people with physical disabilities and helped to reduce barriers for the disabled.
Since his death in 1981, The Terry Fox Foundation and annual Terry Fox Run have raised more than $700 million worldwide for cancer research. In 2007, The Terry Fox Research Institute was established in Vancouver to focus on improving outcomes for cancer patients. Terry Fox was diagnosed with bone cancer and lost his right leg when he was just 18. Three years later, he began his Marathon of Hope and ran – on an artificial right leg – a full marathon (over 40 kilometres) nearly every day for 143 days, which took him more than halfway across Canada.
He had covered 5,373 kilometres when he was forced to end his trek near Thunder Bay, Ontario, because the cancer reached his lungs. Terry Fox died June 28, 1981, less than 10 months after he stopped running and a month shy of his 23rd birthday. On May 25 of this year, Canada Post, joined by Judith Fox – Terry’s sister – and Mayor Dennis O’Keefe of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, unveiled the Marathon of Hope stamp. Terry Fox’s story teaches us how to hope, how to believe in miracles – and that one person can make a world of difference. It’s a story we’re honoured to tell.