New stamp honours trailblazing singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie

CSN will publish a detailed review of the Sainte-Marie stamp in its next issue, Vol. 46 #17, which is out on Nov. 23.

Canada Post has unveiled a stamp paying tribute to one of Canada’s most successful singer-songwriters, Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Believed to have been born on the Piapot First Nation in Saskatchewan in 1941, Sainte-Marie is internationally renowned for her unique vibrato vocals and emotionally charged songs, which have been covered by hundreds of artists, from Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond to Barbra Streisand, Cher and Céline Dion.

Raised by adoptive parents in New England, Sainte-Marie taught herself to play piano and guitar when she was young. She launched her career performing at coffee houses and folk festivals in the early 1960s, using her music as a platform for social and political commentary and a force for change.

An outspoken and lifelong activist, Sainte-Marie continues to raise awareness of Indigenous issues through her work as a musical and visual artist and provides ongoing support for Indigenous youth through her long-standing educational and philanthropic efforts.

She is still an active performing artist at age 80.


The issue includes a booklet of 10 Permanent domestic-rate stamps, an official first-day cover (OFDC), and a limited-edition framed stamp enlargement and OFDC.

Designed by Paprika and printed by Lowe-Martin, the stamp features a photograph by Simon Fowler that appeared on the cover of Sainte-Marie’s single “The Big Ones Get Away” from her 1992 album Coincidence and Likely Stories. The OFDC – cancelled in Regina, Sask., near her believed birthplace of the Piapot First Nation – features photos of Sainte-Marie performing in concert.

The Sainte-Marie stamp, cover and framed enlargement are available at and select post offices across the country starting tomorrow, Nov. 19.

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