About Day of Mourning

On April 28, Nova Scotia joins the rest of Canada and more than 80 countries worldwide to remember those who died, were injured or became ill at work. The Day of Mourning offers employees and employers the opportunity to publicly renew their commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace.

In 2015, almost 24,000 Nova Scotians were injured on the job, with more than 6,000 of them injured seriously enough to lose time from work. Sadly, there were 27 workplace fatalities in Nova Scotia last year. Of those, eight were caused by traumatic injuries in the workplace, and 19 were chronic fatalities due to health conditions and occupational disease. So far in 2016, there has been one fatality.

This year, through the partnership of Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education, the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia and Threads of Life, friends and family of Kyle Hickey share powerful stories in hopes that no one else experiences the loss they endured because of a workplace tragedy.

Nova Scotia Day of Mourning Ceremonies

Events are happening across Nova Scotia on Thursday April 28th where we will gather on with fellow workers, friends and family members to remember our brothers and sisters killed or injured on the job, and to re-commit to making our workplaces safer for everyone.

Mourn for the dead. Fight for the living, now more than ever.

Ceremonies will be held on Thursday April 28th around the province as follows:

11 a.m.
Province House grounds (inside if weather doesn't permit) Wreath laying invited

For information:
Joan Wark
NS Federation of Labour

11 a.m.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 128 on 850 Victoria Road, Whitney Pier
Flower laying invited (rather than wreaths)
Host: Cape Breton and District Labour Council
Bouquets of flowers free of ribbons/pins/styrofoam are invited
Refreshments will be served after the ceremony

For information:
Carmie Erickson

6 p.m. Candlelight vigil
Fisherman's Memorial on the Lunenburg Waterfront
Host: South Shore Labour Council
Bring flowers in lieu of wreaths; they will be donated to Harborview Haven Nursing Home after the ceremony
Reception to follow, location TBD
Refreshments will be served

For information:
Melissa Bellefeuille, Treasurer
Labour Council President

Port Hawkesbury
7 p.m.
UNIFOR Local 972 Union Hall, 323 Reeves Street (next to Dairy Queen)
Host: Strait Area District Labour Council
No wreath-laying
Reception to follow

For information:
Jennifer Benoit

7 p.m.
New monument in Memorial Park on Park St. (Main Street)
Host: Annapolis Valley Labour Council
Wreath laying invited
Reception to follow at the Labour Council Office at 362 Main Street

12:15 p.m.
Fisherman's Memorial, Water Street
Host: South West Labour Group
Wreaths and yellow carnations invited
Some carnations will be on hand

For information:
Greg Williams
South West Labour Group