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WEDNESDAY, June 20

3:00 to 5:00 – THE ART OF PROTEST: A WORKSHOP IN CREATIVE RESISTANCE 

Presented by Convoy Club and Vancouver Island Regional Library.

Join librarian Allison Trumble and artist Henry Fletcher at the Cumberland Library in honour of Miners Memorial. Learn how social protest movements throughout the 20th century have shaped the future in creative and captivating ways. Participants will have an opportunity to generate their own ideas for making the world a better place and create their own protest signs. This activity will culminate in a peaceful demonstration along the main street of Dunsmuir, with refreshments to follow.

 

Open to children aged 8-13
Free admission; materials provided (registration required)
Register by emailing cumberland@virl.bc.ca or calling 336-8121

HIGHLIGHTS for FRIDAY, June 22

Workshops, presentations, walking tours, and hands-on art activities during the day.

1:00 to 2:00 – Workshop or talk to be announced.

2 :30 to 3:30 – Labour History Talk

An engaging talk covering themes and specific events from BC labour history. Located at the Old Age Pensioners Hall. This talk is open to all.

4:00 to 5:30 – Interactive Labour History workshop

An interactive workshop allowing participants to closely examine moments from BC’s labour history and work on strategies to bring lessons learned into the present day. Located at the Old Age Pensioners Hall. Limited seats.

CUPW and BCGEU members: Register Here.

All others: Register Here.

Talk and Workshop sponsored by BCGEU and CUPW.

4:00 to 5:30 – Walk In My Shoes: The Ginger Goodwin Story

On July 27, 1918 Albert ‘Ginger’ Goodwin was shot and killed near the Cruickshank River at the head of Comox Lake. This guided walking tour tells the story of why and how he died by highlighting the people and places in Cumberland that were a part of Goodwin’s story. Leaves from the Cumberland Museum and Archives. By Donation.

7:00 – 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, songs of work, struggle, triumph and revolution!  This cabaret style event serves up locally brewed beer, Riders Pizza, and fantastic company! Located at the Cultural Centre. By Donation.

 

HIGHLIGHTS for SATURDAY, June 23

Pancake breakfast, graveside vigil, the re-creation of the funeral procession, programming and BBQ at Cumberland Village Park, evening entertainment.

8:30 to 10:30 Pancake Breakfast

By donation, sponsored by the BCGEU Cross Component Committee.

11:00 to 1:00 Graveside Vigils

The morning graveside vigil at the Cumberland Municipal Cemetery features speakers, music, the laying of fair trade flowers on Ginger Goodwin’s grave, and a rose ceremony on the graves of fallen miners at Miners Row.  Unions, families, businesses and individuals can all support the event by ordering a bouquet to have laid in their name. The morning continues with visits to the Japanese and Chinese cemeteries to pay respects to fallen miners and their families.

* Bouquet pick up takes place at the Municipal Cemetery between 10:15 and 10:50. Unclaimed bouquets will be laid on your behalf.

* It is recommended that you bring water, snacks, an umbrella (for sun or rain), and a folding chair if standing is difficult.

 

2:00 to 3:00 – Fernie at War: Author Talk with Wayne Norton

On three separate occasions, Ginger Goodwin spent time in the Elk Valley.  Historian Wayne Norton has uncovered fascinating detail about Goodwin’s experience there as an employee of the Crow’s Nest Pass Coal Company and as an organizer for the Socialist Party of Canada.  Norton believes his research provides fresh insight into Goodwin’s character and motivation. His new book, Fernie at War: 1914-1919, won the British Columbia Historical Federation’s historical writing awards. Located at the Library.

 

 

4:00 to 8:30 – Re-enactment of Ginger Goodwin’s Funeral and Programming in Cumberland Village Park

This iconic photograph taken in 1918 paints a vivid picture. Friends, neighbours, and fellow workers both shocked and outraged did not go to work, but rather gathered on Dunsmuir Avenue to form a procession over a mile long to walk Goodwin’s body to his final resting place. The procession was led by a brass band and Goodwin’s casket was carried by mourners.

The re-enactment of Goodwin’s funeral procession on Saturday, June 23, will be the pivotal event of the commemoration. Theatre performers will head the procession along with a brass band. Union members, workers and families, artists, activists, and community members are invited to march down Dunsmuir Avenue. The procession will pause for a song, a moment of silence, and then a photograph, before proceeding to Cumberland Village Park where historical quotes, poetry and song will be shared from the stage. Live music and a BBQ, by donation, will follow. Dress in blacks or period costumes and walk closer to the front, or join those with current banners and signs towards the back.

8:30 (Doors) Geoff Berner

Clever and literate, Berner’s songs can make you want to weep, laugh, grind your teeth, or kick out a window–often all at the same time. His writing can be overtly political, overtly left wing, leaning towards anarchy, but free of easy slogans or clichés. Located at the Cultural Centre.

As a musician, Berner is mainly known as a practitioner of the “klezmer-punk” style, which combines the traditional folk music of Eastern European Jews with punk’s aggressive energy and disdain for slick perfection. The new album Canadiana Grotesquica is a brief departure. Berner describes it as a “country-tinged singer-songwriter affair.”

Tickets are limited, $20 each – order now!

There are a limited number of tickets for low and under-wage. Email engage@cumberlandmuseum.ca

 

HIGHLIGHTS for SUNDAY, June 24

10:00 to Noon – ‘Breakfast with Ginger’ 

Join the Cumberland Museum and Archives and friends for an old fashioned skillet breakfast of red flannel hash, with a serving of creativity!  Artists, historians, and community members who have been inspired by Goodwin’s story will share their work in this exciting symposium with film, song, theatre, and more. Located at the Cultural Centre.

Tickets are limited, $10 Adults, $5 Under 14s – order now!

1:00 to 2:00 Talk with Gu Xiong

Gu Xiong is an international multi-media Artist and Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia. Join the artist on Sunday as he talks about his work which encompasses themes of migration, identity creation, and dynamics of globalization. Located at the Old Age Pensioners Hall.

“Gu Xiong’s practice centres on the creation of a hybrid identity arising from the integration of different cultural origins.” (guxiong.ca) By donation.

3:00 to 4:00 ‘A Shot Rang Out’ – Heritage Theatre

TheatreWorks has a long history of bringing labour and working history to life through their productions. A matinee on Sunday afternoon features the story of Albert ‘Ginger’ Goodwin. By donation. Located at the Masonic Hall.

“100 years after that fatal shot there are debates about what happened, and who this man was, Albert “Ginger” Goodwin. How is it that one man, one small, copper-headed man, could create so much controversy? As opinions and sentiments were exposed it became fertile ground for suspicion and speculation. The argument over what really happened to Ginger continues to this day, but If you want to dissect the shooting you have to put the whole picture together, see it from all sides.” – From “The Shot Rang Out”