"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.
"The long road to marriage equality culminated in the 2005 passage of the Civil Marriage Act, which made Canada the fourth country to grant same-sex couples the right to marry the one they love."
For years, LGBTQ Canadians across the country had fought for full legal equality, with each victory a stepping stone to the next. But until roughly a decade ago, a Canadian still could not legally marry someone of the same gender. This stamp recognizes the achievement of marriage equality in Canada – and highlights the struggle that led to it.
In January 2001, Rev. Brent Hawkes, community activist and minister at Metropolitan Community Church in Toronto, published banns, alternative marriage licences under Ontario law for church ceremonies. He then performed a legal marriage for two couples, one gay, the other lesbian. When a city official refused to register the marriage record of both, the church sued the City of Toronto, the province and the federal government. On July 12, 2002, the Ontario Superior Court ruled that prohibiting gay couples from marrying violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The following year, Ontario became the third jurisdiction in the world to legally recognize same-sex marriage, followed by eight provinces and territories – all thanks to dedicated activism throughout the country. On July 20, 2005, when the federal Civil Marriage Act became law, Canada became the fourth country to achieve marriage equality.
On May 9, Canada Post joined members of the LGBTQ community at The 519 in Toronto, a city organization dedicated to advocacy for the inclusion of LGBTQ communities, to unveil the stamp