April 28 – Day of Mourning

CHARLOTTETOWN: On April 28, many flag raising ceremonies will be held on the Island to remember the workers killed or injured on the job.

“Every April 28th, citizens across the country and around the globe gather to remember workers that were killed or injured at work. On average, in Canada, a worker dies every eight hours,” said Jason Woodbury, CUPE PEI and CUPE National Health and Safety Committee Representative.

It was CUPE’s National Health and Safety Committee who in 1984, first proposed the idea of a day to remember workers injured or killed on the job. Soon after, CUPE, national, provincial and local levels, along with the Canadian Labour Congress, began to recognize April 28th as the Day of Mourning.

“Each year on this day, we take the time to raise awareness about workers safety and encourage employers across the province to establish practices that ensure their workers return to their families at the end of each shift,” concluded Woodbury.

“On April 28th, we are inviting all Islanders to take time to remember workers killed or injured on the job, either by participating in the Day of Mourning Ceremony organized by the PEI Federation of labour at Confederation Center of the Arts, or in a flag raising ceremony  organized by CUPE” added Woodbury.

 Flags raising ceremonies are:

City Hall, Summerside at 9:30 a.m.

City Hall, Charlottetown at 11:30 a.m.

Province House, Charlottetown at 12:00 p.m.

Memorial Hall at 7:00 p.m., organized by the Federation of Labour