Each year on April 28, people across Canada and the world stop to remember workers killed, injured or disabled on the job. Sadly, 166 Albertans were lost to workplace injury or illness in 2017. Lethbridge residents are invited to join us in remembering them.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 70, the City of Lethbridge, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) are hosting a Day of Mourning ceremony on Saturday, April 28. This national day of remembrance offers an opportunity for us to honour coworkers, friends and family who have lost their lives to workplace injury and illness, and to collectively renew our commitment to fostering safer workplaces in our city. Everyone is welcome. Flags at City Hall and other City of Lethbridge facilities will be lowered to half-mast on this date to honour the occasion.
Day of Mourning Wreath Laying Ceremony
Saturday, April 28, Noon
CUPE 70 Workers Memorial Site, Mountain View Cemetery
1210 Scenic Drive South
Participating organizations at this year's ceremony include:
- City of Lethbridge
- Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 70
- Canadian Society of Safety Engineers
- Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 987
- Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce
- Lethbridge Regional Safety Committee
- Steps for Life
- Lethbridge Police Association
- International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 237
This year's ceremony will include the Lethbridge Fire Pipes and Drums, the Lethbridge
Fire Honour Guard, the Lethbridge Police Honour Guard and the 2296 Royal Canadian Army
Cadets. The National Day of Mourning was officially recognized by the Canadian government in 1991, eight years after the day of remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress. The Day of Mourning has since spread to about 80 countries around the world.
Melissa Craig, Corporate Health & Safety Manager
City of Lethbridge
Burt Green, Former Chief Steward
CUPE Local 70
Nick Schefter, Chairman