Join us in Cumberland for camaraderie, learning, passionate exchange and respectful remembrance.
The 33rd annual Miners Memorial, presented by the Cumberland Museum and Archives on Vancouver Island, is a celebration of workers and their families and a call for a renewed commitment for safe and healthy workplaces, justice and equity, and bread and roses for all.
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. Organizer Albert ‘Ginger’ Goodwin was shot and killed near Cumberland on July 27th, 1918, becoming an important symbol for the struggle of workers. His story is the subject of much song, fiery conversation and celebration in the Village.
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Goodwin’s death.
An exciting three-day commemoration is being planned to help keep Goodwin’s memory alive. The diverse program includes workshops, guided walking tours, graveside vigils, ‘Songs of the Workers’, theatre, labour choruses, the re-creation of Goodwin’s funeral procession, a BBQ and live music in Village Park, and more.
Certain events are by donation, others are entirely free. There are a couple of ticketed events. Organizations, families or individuals can order a fair trade bouquet for $100 to be laid in their name on the graves of fallen miners and the families they left behind. All proceeds support museum programming, labour and workers’ history exhibits, and community engagement.