Miners Memorial Weekend
All Over Cumberland
For 30 years the Cumberland Museum has played host to an annual commemoration of fallen workers, labour history and contemporary labour issues. The three day event welcomes hundreds of attendees from across Western Canada and as far away as the UK including workers and their families, activists, artists, writers, academics, community leaders, musicians and many others.
All are welcome to join us for this important weekend of solidarity, celebration, and remembrance.
THURSDAY – COMMUNITY CONNECT EVENT
A lead-up event for early arrivals, and community members.
WALKING TOURS, By Donation. Meet at the Cumberland Museum and Archives.
SONGS OF THE WORKERS - 7:00PM, OAP Hall
Friday evening brings community members and attendees together for our annual “Songs of the Workers”, cabaret style evening at the Cumberland OAP Hall. Join the Cumberland Museum and friends for songs about life, death, work and revolution from over 20 performers of traditional and contemporary labour music! By Donation.
SATURDAY, JUNE 14th
Saturday is a full day starting with a pancake breakfast, by donation.
The afternoon graveside vigil at the Cumberland Cemetery, with speakers, music, the laying of fair trade flowers on Ginger Goodwin’s grave, and a rose ceremony on the graves of all the fallen miners. Unions, families, businesses and individuals can all support the event by ordering a bouquet to have laid in their name. The afternoon continues with visits to the Japanese and Chinese cemeteries to pay respects. All are welcome.
At 6 pm attendees and community members gather for a big community supper with music, readings, speakers and more.
All proceeds from the Miners Memorial Weekend support the Cumberland Museum’s operations, programming, and exhibit development.