April 28, 2011
Day of Mourning: Canada remembers those harmed or killed in the workplace
Today the Canadian flag on Parliament Hill will fly at half-mast. Laborers will light candles, wear ribbons and black armbands, and observe moments of silence in commemoration of workers who have lost their lives or have been injured in the workplace for a National Day of Mourning.
The National Day of Mourning began in 1984 as part of the Canadian Labour Movement and became a federal holiday in 1991. It is a significant day for Canadian laborers fighting to improve workers' rights and conditions while also providing an opportunity to raise national awareness. Across Canada, nearly 1,000 workers die each year in workplace-related deaths, and it is these statistics that motivate labor organizations to advocate for better safety regulation and enforcement.
Todayis also international Workers' Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for laborers killed in work-related incidents or occupational diseases. On this day, there are events held throughout the world to bring attention to workers' rights.
Motley Rice continues to support international efforts to promote greater safety awareness, improved rights and protections for workers and heightened public advocacy. In support of the National Day of Mourning's mission to help "create a work world without pain, loss or tragedy," we encourage you to join us for a moment of silence on this important day of remembrance.
Learn more about the Canadian National Day of Mourning.
Find out about Workers' Memorial Day events around the world.