In 2016 Day of Mourning will be held on Thursday, April 28 with a ceremony at 10 a.m. at Lake Cowichan to mark the occasion.
The annual Day of Mourning has now grown into a worldwide event observed by unions, labour councils, municipalities and even national governments. It is observed in nearly 100 countries worldwide; it has been formally endorsed by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and the Parliament of Canada officially recognized the Day of Mourning in 1991.
The Nanaimo, Duncan & District Labour Council will host two Day of Mourning ceremonies on April 28: the first is at Lake Cowichan’s Woodworkers Memorial Park at 10 a.m., with another in Nanaimo in Pioneer Plaza on the waterfront at noon. For anyone in Victoria that day, a big event is also scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on the lawn of the Legislature.
Labour representatives and politicians will be speaking in Lake Cowichan about the hazards of the workplace, and what can be done to improve worker safety.
Also the Kaatza Museum in Lake Cowichan will open the Bell Tower School building after the ceremony.
Refreshments will be served there and the famous display of forest industry photos by Wilmer Gold will be on display.