Honouring Workers Yesterday & Today

Thank-you Fox&Bee Studio and everyone that worked to make this year’s events so successful.

For 33 years the Cumberland Museum & Archives has co-hosted an annual commemoration of fallen workers, highlighting labour history and contemporary labour issues.

The three day event welcomes hundreds of attendees from across Western Canada and as far away as the UK including workers and their families, activists, writers, academics, community leaders, musicians and many others.

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flowers remembering

2018 marks the hundred-year anniversary of the death of Albert ‘Ginger’ Goodwin, one of the most well-known labour activists in the history of our country.

The Cumberland Museum & Archives plans to pay tribute through participatory art and music projects, an exhibit ‘Goodwin’s Reach’, an arts symposium, workshops and talks, the re-enactment of Goodwin’s funeral procession and other engaging programming throughout Miners Memorial, June 22 to 24, 2018

We aim to bring to light the story of Albert ‘Ginger’ Goodwin and the on-going fight for labour rights, both historically and within a wider contemporary context.

Albert Ginger Goodwin 1887-1918

Albert "Ginger" Goodwin

1887 - 1918

songs of the workers choir

22 Jun 2018


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

23 Jun 2018

11:00am - 1:00pm

Graveside Vigils

The morning graveside vigil at the Cumberland Cemetery features speakers, music, the laying of fair trade flowers on Ginger Goodwin's grave, and a rose ceremony on the graves of all fallen miners.

23 Jun 2018

4:00pm - 7:30pm

Re-enactment of Ginger Goodwin's Funeral and Programming in Cumberland Village Park

The re-enactment of Goodwin's funeral procession will be the pivotal event of the commemoration. Live music and a BBQ, by donation, will follow.

Most events at Miners Memorial are free or by donation, with the exception of the Saturday evening Geoff Berner show, and Sunday morning’s ‘Breakfast with Ginger’.

Consider purchasing a bouquet to lay at the cemetery in the name of an individual, organization, or union. Funds raised support labour history projects and programming at the Cumberland Museum & Archives including guided walking tours, school programming, presentations, research and exhibit development, the coordination of Miners Memorial, and more. 

Weekend Highlights

  • Interactive Labour History Workshop
  • Walk in My Shoes: The Ginger Goodwin Story
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Geoff Berner 
  • ‘Breakfast with Ginger’ Artists Symposium
  • Workshop with Contemporary artist, Gu Xiong

Take Part

• Lay a Bouquet • Wear a Ribbon • Geoff Berner Concert Tickets • Breakfast Tickets • Volunteer • Join the Choir • Sponsor Us • Donate

Wear a Ribbon

These ribbons are reminiscent of ribbons worn by members of the United Mine Workers of America during funerals of fallen members.

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!

Join the Choir

United We Sing! Join Choir Director Wendy Nixon Stothert and other local residents in song for six weeks leading up to an fun public performance on Saturday, June 23rd.


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

Thank you to our Sponsors