Honouring Workers Yesterday & Today

The Cumberland Museum and Archives, along with Working Committee for events marking the 100th Anniversary of the Death of Albert Ginger Goodwin, are excited to announce that our 2018 Miners Memorial Weekend – Cumberland, B.C. events have been shortlisted for a Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming! 

Many thanks to participants, volunteers, the Miners Memorial Choir, the Village of Cumberland, TheatreWorks Centre for Performing Arts, Fox&Bee, The Update Company and our sponsors; especially our Title Sponsor BCGEU. You all played a role in making the anniversary so meaningful and moving as we paid tribute through participatory art and music projects, an exhibit ‘Goodwin’s Reach’, an arts symposium, the re-enactment of Goodwin’s funeral procession and other engaging programming.



For 34 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 we go from global to local with presentations on mining in South Africa, a theatre production on Mother Jones and the March of the Mill Children, and new museum exhibits, including Coal, Conflict, and Community, and the new Royston Lumber Mill Exhibit. See our full schedule for more details. 

We hope you join us, June 21 to 23, 2019! 


21 Jun 2019


Songs of the Workers

This Friday Night tradition welcomes local and visiting musicians to share songs and poems in the working class tradition. Labour standards, old songs, new songs, struggle, triumph and revolution!

Graveside Vigil

22 Jun 2019

11:15am - 1:00pm

Graveside Vigils

NEW! The morning graveside vigil begins at the Cumberland Japanese Canadian Cemetery and moves on to the Municipal Cemetary for speakers, music, the laying of fair trade flowers on Ginger Goodwin's grave, and a rose ceremony on the graves of all fallen miners. **Pick up bouquets in advance at the Japanese Canadian cemetery.

22 Jun 2019

7:30 pm

March of the Innocents

TheatreWorks (and Mother Jones) return to take us back to 1903 and the one-hundred-mile March of the Mill Children. Two shows! June 22 at 7:30 pm and June 23 at 2pm.

Most events at Miners Memorial are free or by donation.



Take Part

• 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.

Walking Tours


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!


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