2023 Schedule – More Updates Coming

Friday, June 16 at 7 PM – 10:30 PM | Songs of the Workers
Location: The Cumberland Cultural Centre, 2674 Dunsmuir Ave

Back in the flesh, the Songs of the Workers concert event features local and visiting musicians sharing stories and music about workers and their lives – coal mines, textile factories, farms, kitchens, logging camps, fish plants, kitchens, assembly lines, picket lines, and unemployment lines. Work that builds us up and work that tears us down. The struggle, triumphs and tribulations of all our labours.

Admission to the event is by donation, all are welcome and will be accommodated until capacity is met. No registration is required for entry donations will be accepted at the door.

Saturday, June 17 at 7am – 10 am | Pancake Breakfast
Location: The Cumberland Recreation Institute, 2665 Dunsmuir Ave

Start the day with ‘ food for the people’; with its limited ingredients and short preparation time, the pancake has historically been a working-class food. This year the BCGEU’s Cross Component Committee will be serving up fluffy cakes to be buttered and soaked in syrup as desired.

Breakfast is by donation; please drop in between 7 am and 9: 30 am.

Saturday, June 17 at 11 AM | Graveside Vigil
Location: The Cumberland Municipal Cemetery, 4441 Minto Road & Japanese and Chinese Cemeteries, Union Road

This year we look forward to hosting a gathering of people at the Cumberland Municipal Cemetery and Japanese and Chinese Cemeteries. The graveside vigil commemorates the lives lost in the Cumberland mines and pays tribute to those who fought on their behalf for safer working conditions and worker rights. There will be an opening welcome and short addresses from Union and community members followed by the tradition of laying a bouquet on individual graves. This time-honoured tradition upholds the commitment to continue the fight for workers of today and commemorates the loss of individual lives, over 300 in Cumberland, and the challenges faced by the families whose loved ones never returned home after a day of work.

A bouquet can be purchased for those intending to come on the day or for those who would like a volunteer to lay a bouquet in their honour.


Purchase A Bouquet


For additional information, questions or concerns, please contact Rosslyn Shipp at


Saturday, June 17 at 1:30 PM | Talk about human and civil rights activist Wong Foon Sien
Location: Cumberland Museum & Archives, 2680 Dunsmuir Ave

Wong Foon Sien immigrated to Canada around 1910, joining his merchant father in Cumberland. Upon his arrival, he was detained by British guards who called him names like ‘pig’ and cut off his hair. This introduction to Canada impacted his life’s work. He became a court interpreter after studying law and a union leader who worked for the welfare of the Chinese Canadian community, improved working conditions and interracial relations, and promoted Chinese and Canadian patriotism. Learn more about his legacies as a Chinese labour activist during this talk with Cumberland Museum & Archives Director Rosslyn Shipp.

No registration is required, please just drop-in.


Saturday, June 17 at 2:30 PM | Cumberland Chinatown Guided Walking Tour
Location: This tour starts at Jumbo’s (Hor Sue Mah) Cabin, 1951 Comox Lake Road

Jumbo’s cabin is all that is left standing from Cumberland’s once-bustling Chinatown. Learn the fascinating history of the Chinese people who came to work in the Dunsmuir coal mines and left a lasting legacy.


Join The Chinatown Walking Tour


Saturday, June 17 at 4- 6 PM | Community Picnic
Location: Cumberland Cultural Centre, 2674 Dunsmuir Ave

Join your comrades for a cold plate dinner to cap off the day’s events. More detail to come…

To cap off the day’s events join your comrades for a cold plate picnic dinner (vegetarian and GF options included). Dinner tickets are available sliding scale $10-$30, but we’re asking folks to register for their dinner tickets in advance for our volunteer crew knows how many potatoes to peel!

There will be live music and more. The evening will host a special screening of The March Of The Innocents, by TheatreWorks’ Kymme Patrick. The film production takes us back to 1903 and introduces us to the organizer of the one-hundred-mile March of the Mill Children, Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, also a co-founder of the Industrial Workers of the World. Through her challenging address, we are introduced to many of these young people trapped by circumstances, their childhood hijacked by daily struggles to survive the harsh reality of working in mines, in mills, in clothing factories and even on Main Street. Kymme will facilitate a question-and-answer period following the film.

Please register here for the picnic so we know how much food to prep! This event is sponsored by CUPE 556.


Sunday, June 18 at 10 am | Cumberland Cemetery Tour
Location: The Cumberland Municipal Cemetery, 4441 Minto Road

The histories of Cumberland’s past will come alive this October with a guided tour of the Cumberland Cemetery. Established in 1895, The Cumberland Cemetery is a resting place of generations of Cumberlanders. Join Museum Director Rosslyn Shipp as she tells the interwoven stories of disaster, heroism, and the challenges and hardships of an early settler community on this 90-minute tour.


Join The Cemetery Tour



Sunday, June 18 at 11 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm | Museum Tour
Location: Cumberland Museum & Archives, 2680 Dunsmuir Ave

Join Cumberland Museum & Archives Director Rosslyn Shipp for a 30-minute tour of the new exhibition, A Seat At The Table: Chinese Immigration and British Columbia.

A Seat at the Table is a multi-site and collaborative exhibition project that explores historical and contemporary stories of Chinese Canadians in BC and their struggles for belonging.

Using food and restaurant culture as entry point, the project highlights stories that reveal the great diversity of immigrant experiences and of the communities immigrants develop. It also addresses themes of belonging, racism, agency, resilience and reparation as important facets of the complex picture of Chinese migrants and their descendants in the province.

No registration is required, please just drop-in.