Honouring Workers Yesterday & Today
The 2020 Miners Memorial is taking place under exceptional circumstances, one that sadly limits our ability to travel and convene in person, as we have for so many years, to honour the incredible contributions and sacrifices of workers on Vancouver Island and around the world.
The Miners Memorial working committee has been hard at work, exploring meaningful ways for us to come together on June 20th, while safely distanced, to mark this important occasion.
The committee plans to gather as a small group, and invite the Miners Memorial community to join us from home, for two live-stream events – one at the Cumberland Community Cemetery and the other at the Chinese and Japanese Cemeteries. We will share contemporary and historical writings, music and reflections about workers in these unparalleled times, and lay flowers on behalf of the collective community that marks this event each year.
In addition, we are working with the musician community to develop a Songs of the Workers playlist that will be available to stream or download, with any proceeds going to the artists who contribute songs. Musicians have been hard hit by the COVID crisis and we want to make sure we are supporting them directly while sharing the stories and songs that act as threads between the past and present and remind us of the struggles and triumphs of workers through time.
For 35 years the Cumberland Museum & Archives has co-hosted an annual commemoration of fallen workers, highlighting labour history and contemporary labour issues. As one of the few yearly events celebrating labour history in western Canada, the three-day event welcomes hundreds of attendees and reflects a diversity of struggles, past and present. This year Miners Memorial is taking place under exceptional circumstances in the form of two live-streamed events.
We hope you will continue to support this event and join us online on June 20, 2020.
19 Jun 2020
Songs of the Workers Playlist
This Friday Night tradition comes in a new format in 2020. The local music community has collaborated to curate a playlist to share songs and poems in the working-class tradition. Labour standards, old songs, new songs, struggle, triumph and revolution! Donations will directly support the partnering musicians of this program.
20 Jun 2020
10 am & 11 am
This year the Graveside vigils at the Municipal Cemetery and the Chinese and Japanese Canadian Cemetery will be shared as live-streamed events.
• Lay a Bouquet • Volunteer • Sponsor Us • Donate
Lay a Bouquet
Purchase a fairtrade bouquet on behalf of an individual, organization, or union, to be laid during the graveside ceremony. Proceeds support the Cumberland Museum & Archives.
The commemorative programming this year means the need for volunteers is growing! If you're interested in lending a hand, complete the Volunteer form and we'll be in touch soon!