Miners Memorial

June 14, 2024 at 12:00 AM -
June 16, 2024 at 11:00 PM PST
The Cumberland Cultural Centre 2674 Dunsmuir Ave Cumberland, British Columbia V2T3N8

Miners Memorial Weekend – an annual celebration of labour history in BC

June 14-16, 2024, marks the 39th 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, working in continued solidarity, we unite with the Campbell River, Courtenay and District Labour Council to jointly host the 39th annual Miners Memorial events. Together, we will commemorate and pay tribute to the miners who lost their lives at a graveside vigil. We will continue the time-honoured tradition of laying bouquets in memory as a symbol of our renewed commitment to safe and healthy workplaces.