On April 28, Canada will recognize the National Day of Mourning, which honours the memory of workers who have been killed, injured or become ill as a result of work-related accidents. Established in 1984 by the Canadian Labour Congress and officially named as a national day in 1991, the day is marked by ceremonies across B.C., flags flown at half mast, and the observation of moments of silence throughout the day.
Last year in B.C., 122 people were killed on the job, and workplace injury or illness resulted in almost 2.6 million lost days of work. This year, speakers at the various events will include family members of those who have passed away, and workers injured on the job. For more information about the Day of Mourning and a list of ceremonies, visit www.dayofmourning.bc.ca.