Day of Mourning Ceremony to Remember Fallen Workers

April 16, 2014

Each year on the national Day of Mourning, communities and organizations across Canada pay tribute to workers who have lost their lives or been injured due to work-related incidents or occupational diseases. In honor of this event, the City of Courtenay, Work Safe BC, CUPE 556, the District Labour Council, and the United Steelworkers Union will hold a flag-raising ceremony at the Simms Park Pavilion in Courtenay on Monday, April 28, 2014, at 10:00 am.

“The Day of Mourning is a time for us to remember fallen workers, and also to reinforce the importance of safety on the job,” said Paige Knapman, occupational health and safety coordinator for the City of Courtenay. “It’s a reminder to all of us that we need to stay vigilant, minimize risks, and speak up if we think something isn’t safe.”

In 2013, 128 workers in B.C. were killed at work. Thousands more were put on long-term disability. Young workers are particularly vulnerable. In B.C., young males under the age of 25 are at the highest risk for a workplace injury.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Day of Mourning ceremony. For more information, please contact Knapman at 250-334-4441.

For more information on the Day of Mourning, including a list of other ceremonies around B.C., visit