June 22 – 24 Miners Memorial and Goodwin Commemorative Events

June 22-24, 2018

Various locations throughout Cumberland

For 33 years the Cumberland Museum has co-hosted an annual commemoration of fallen workers, highlighting 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.

2018 marks the hundred-year anniversary of the death of Albert ‘Ginger’ Goodwin, one of the most well-known labour activists in the history of our country.

The Cumberland Museum and Archives plans to pay tribute through participatory art and music projects, an exhibit ‘Goodwin’s Reach’, a symposium, workshops and talks, the re-enactment of Goodwin’s funeral procession and other engaging programming throughout Miners Memorial, June 22 to 24, 2018.

We aim to bring to light the story of Albert ‘Ginger’ Goodwin and the on-going fight for labour rights, both historically and within a wider contemporary context.

STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER PROGRAMMING DETAILS, including art engagement opportunities and registration.


Workshops, presentations, walking tours, and hands-on art activities during the day.

Click to view details of each event.

1:00 to 2:00 – Workshop or talk to be announced.
2 :30 to 3:30 - Labour History Talk
4:00 to 5:30 - Interactive Labour History workshop

Talk and Workshop sponsored by BCGEU and CUPW.

4:00 to 5:30 – Walk In My Shoes: The Ginger Goodwin Story
7:00 - Songs of the Workers

Pancake breakfast, graveside vigil, the re-creation of the funeral procession, programming and BBQ at Cumberland Village Park, evening entertainment.

8:30 to 10:30 Pancake Breakfast
11:00 to 1:00 Graveside Vigils
4:00 to 7:30 - Re-enactment of Ginger Goodwin's Funeral and Programming in Cumberland Village Park
8:30 (Doors) Geoff Berner
10:00 to Noon – ‘Breakfast with Ginger’
1:00 to 2:00 Workshop with Gu Xiong
3:00 to 4:00 Heritage Theatre


FURTHER PROGRAMMING – including the pop up community participation labour choir, hands on art experiences, and more, can be found here in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!



  • Promote our event in your union’s publications
  • Sign up for updates and invite us to speak at your events
  • Purchase a bouquet to lay in your unions name

(a representative can do this on your unions behalf if you are unable to attend)

  • Contact us to discuss sponsorship opportunities with exciting perks
  • Make plans to join us!

Email: Engage@Cumberlandmuseum.ca

Facebook: @MinersMemorialCumberland

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