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Miner's Memorial Day



June 21, 2003 ceremony at the grave of labour martyr Ginger Goodwin, on the 18th annual Miner's Memorial Day in Cumberland, British Columbia, Canada.

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NDP Jack Layton at Ginger Goodwin's grave
Federal NDP Leader Jack Layton at Ginger Goodwin's grave on Miner's Memorial Day


Miner's Memorial Day

Adapted from an article by Steve Harvey
Workers' Memorial Day started in Sudbury, Ontario to commemorate the lives of four miners killed in a rock burst on June 20, 1984.

Cumberland sign

In 1986, in the village of Cumberland, on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the Cumberland and District Historical Society held its first Miners' Memorial Day. This day was conceived as a way to pay tribute to Cumberland's mining heritage which lasted from the turn of the century to the early 1960's.
The Miners' Memorial Day ceremonies take place in the Cumberland cemetery around the grave of the central figure in Cumberland's labour history - Albert "Ginger" Goodwin . The 2003 graveside ceremony featured both the National Leader of the New Democratic Party, Jack Layton, and the President of the British Columbia Federation of Labour, Jim Sinclair.
Ginger Goodwin
Ginger Goodwin
Miner's Memorial day Goodwin was a Socialist and union organizer who took part in the big strike in Cumberland in 1912. In later years, Goodwin stood as the Socialist Party candidate in Trail, BC in 1916 - espousing socialist and pacifist views in the middle of WWI. He also led a strike in at the Trail smelter in 1917, gaining, of course, the enmity of mine owners and government alike. Click here for more.



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Introduction - Mike Keelan, Canadian Union of Postal Workers 25 pixel transparent gifRT: 6:01


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Jim Sinclair, President, BC Federation of Labour 25 pixel transparent gifRT: 2:43


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Ben Issit, Student Activist / Historian 25 pixel transparent gifRT: 5:08


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Monica Judd, President, Campbell River, Courtenay and District Labour Council 25 pixel transparent gifRT: 5:08


Monica Judd
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Ed Rosario, GCIU / San Fransisco Labour Council 25 pixel transparent gifRT: 3:32


Ed Rosario
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Jack Layton, Federal Leader, New Democratic Party 25 pixel transparent gifRT: 7:07


Jack Layton
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Ben Swankey, Senior's Activist 25 pixel transparent gifRT: 6:18


Ben Swankey
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