Honouring Workers Yesterday & Today

June 19, 2021 marks the 36th anniversary of Miners Memorial in Cumberland.  Every year since 1986 community members, organizers, activists, historians, musicians, families and the labour community have come together to commemorate the sacrifices of workers around the world and right here in Cumberland. Although decades have passed since the last mines closed in Cumberland, the memories of mining and the deep sense of grief over the loss of life underground remains.

The coal mines in Cumberland were some of the most dangerous in Canada, killing over 300 miners in accidents and countless others from work-related illnesses. Appalling working conditions compelled miners to organize and connect with unions from across North America and internationally. Cumberland holds an important place in the global story of workers rights and Miners Memorial Weekend has shone light on that history and critical social justice work that continues today..

This year, we are excited by the opportunity to reunite with the Campbell River, Courtenay and District Labour Council to jointly host the 36th annual Miners Memorial events. Together we will commemorate and pay tribute to the miners who lost their lives at a graveside vigil where we will continue the time-honoured tradition of laying bouquets in memory and as a symbol of our renewed commitment to safe and healthy workplaces. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to place strain on our frontline workers, their families and our communities, we come together in appreciation and support of those experiencing challenges today. 

As part of this year’s events Songs of the Workers will be held in the afternoon as an outdoor series of live performances by local musicians. We cherish the ability to join together for music and companionship during these times in a safe social environment, please stay tuned for updates on capacity and COVID-19 protocols to attend in-person.

All events of the day will be live-streamed so those unable to attend can join from the comfort of your own home. For individuals wishing to participate this year in-person events, both the graveside vigil and Songs of the Works, registration is required. Please visit the Take Part menu to sign up as capacity is limited for public gathering in order to meet public health orders and guidelines.

As stewards of the incredible history of the Village of Cumberland, we feel a deep sense of responsibility to honour this day and the countless individuals, families and organizations who have contributed to the remarkable Miners Memorial Weekend legacy in Cumberland. We look forward to standing together (in-person and virtually) in solidarity with our friends and allies to celebrate the 36th annual Miners Memorial.

June 19, 2021 will mark the 36th anniversary of Miners Memorial in Cumberland.  Every year since 1986 community members, organizers, activists, historians, musicians, families and the labour community have come together to commemorate the sacrifices of workers around the world and right here in Cumberland. Although decades have passed since the last mines closed in Cumberland, the memories of mining and the deep sense of grief over the loss of life underground remains.

We hope you will continue to support this event and join us for both in-person or online on June 19, 2021.

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19 Jun 2020

8:00pm

Songs of the Workers Playlist

This Friday night tradition comes in a new format in 2020. Songs of the Workers will be a lively virtual cabaret to share songs and poems in the working-class tradition, labour standards, old songs, new songs, struggle, triumph and revolution! Detail to come soon on how to join the live event - please visit our Facebook pages.


Graveside Vigil

20 Jun 2020

10 am - 11 am

No. 6 Mine Park Online Event

This year the Cumberland Museum & Archives and Miners Memorial Volunteer Committee has selected the site of the No. 6 Mine Park to hold space for the fallen miners, their families and to celebrate the workers of today that bring our communities together. This event will be live-streamed and we ask those who would like to join us to do so from the comfort of their homes, enabling us to keep our physical gathering small but our reach big.


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

Volunteer

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!

Donate

Help support our on-going research, exhibits, and programming related to labour and working class history at the Cumberland Museum and Archives.