Every year in Canada on April 28, the National Day of Mourning is a day that we pay our respects to, and remember, the thousands of workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents.
The Day of Mourning is an annual tradition that was started by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984. This day is now observed in over 100 countries.
Every year, “between 900 to 1,000 workers die at work in Canada. That corresponds to close to three workers dying each day. Over the course of the last 20 years, that has translated to roughly more than 19,000 workers who have lost their lives to work-related causes”(UFCW).
This is not only a day to remember those that have been killed or injured, but it is also important to honour the many families and friends that have been affected by these tragedies.
According to legislation like the Occupational Health & Safety Act, workers have the right to refuse unsafe work and a worker has the right to return home safe and sound at the end of each work day. The hope is that through public legal education, ongoing advocacy and access to justice, we as a community legal clinic can work together with employers, workers, and our health and safety partners to prevent worker injuries and deaths before they occur.
What you can do to mark the National Day of Mourning during the COVID-19 Pandemic:
- Attend a Day of Mourning event in your community virtually
- Participate in a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. on April 28, 2020 from your home, or a safe place while practicing social distancing
- Educate others about health and safety rights, responsibilities and prevention measures
In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we as an organization here in Northumberland County continue to practice physical distancing and therefore will take part in a virtual event, by pausing at 11:00 am on April 28, 2020, for a moment of silence.
In addition, we will be joining the Northumberland Labour Council in their Day of Mourning virtual event by gathering on Zoom for a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 4pm.
Here are the details for the Northumberland Labour Council’s Day of Mourning Virtual Event on April 28, 2020, from 4pm to 5pm and how you can join:
Every year more than 1,000 workers lose their lives in the workplace, and many more work-related deaths are not counted by our workers’ compensation system. This is unacceptable.
Though the Northumberland Labour Council is not allowed to gather in person. Northumberland Labour Council will be doing our Day of Mourning a little different this year. We are gathering on Zoom for a virtual ceremony.
Link to our (Northumberland Labour Council) Zoom Day of Mourning Ceremony: