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 2016, more than 24,000 Nova Scotians were injured on the job, with about 5,800 of them injured seriously enough to lose time from work. Sadly, there were 20 workplace fatalities in Nova Scotia last year. Of those, two were caused by traumatic injuries in the workplace, and 18 were chronic fatalities due to health conditions and occupational disease. So far in 2017, there have been two fatalities.

The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour (NSFL), WCB Nova Scotia (WCB) and the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education (LAE), in partnership with Threads of Life, a charitable organization dedicated to supporting families affected by workplace tragedy, ask you to join us to pause and remember all those who have suffered a workplace injury or death. Together, we are resolved to strengthen the culture of workplace safety that is growing in our province.

This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the Westray mining disaster. We are supporting the ceremonies to commemorate this tragedy, and have worked with a family of a miner lost that day to create a video that will share their story of the emotional toll this has had on them, and on the larger community. Their courage and bravery in telling their story will have a lasting impact.

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 Friday, April 28th around the province.

11 a.m. - Friday April 28th
Nova Scotia Legislature (Province House) grounds (inside if weather doesn't permit). Wreath laying invited.

For information:
Joan Wark
NS Federation of Labour

Sydney, Cape Breton
11 a.m. - Friday April 28th
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
President, Cape Breton District Labour Council

4 p.m. - Friday April 28th
Fisherman's Memorial on the Lunenburg Waterfront
Host: South Shore Labour Council and Town of Lunenburg
Bring flowers in lieu of wreaths; they will be donated to Harborview Haven Nursing Home after the ceremony

For information:
Dianne Frittenburg
South Shore Labour Council President

Port Hawkesbury
7 p.m. - Friday April 28th
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
Strait Area Labour Council President

7 p.m. - Friday April 28th
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

For information:
Wayne Kelley
Annapolis Valley Labour Council President

Friday April 28th at 12:00p.m.
Fisherman's Memorial, Water Street, Yarmouth
Host: South West Labour Group
Wreaths and yellow carnations invited
Some carnations will be on hand

6 pm - Friday April 28th
Trenton Park, Trenton NS
Host: Pictou County Injured Workers Association and Town of New Glasgow
Wreath laying invited

Further info contact event chair Lisa Potter
902-245-2990 email potterm@ns.sympatico.ca

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