June 22 – 24 Miners Memorial and Goodwin Commemorative Events

June 21-23, 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.

All are welcome to join us for this important weekend of solidarity, celebration, and remembrance.

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the shooting death of Albert ‘Ginger’ Goodwin. Mark your calendars to take part in commemorative events during Miners Memorial – Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24, 2018. The main programming events will take place on Saturday, June 23. Details to come soon.


Below is programming from last year’s events – Miners Memorial 2017:

Thursday, June 22

7:30  Charles Demers: Marrying The Highly Silly with The Highly Cerebral!

Stand-up comedian and author Charles Demers has performed for national television and radio audiences and at the Just for Laughs Festival. He is one of the most frequently returning stars of CBC Radio’s smash-hit comedy show The Debaters.

By combining political humour that’s never shrill or self-righteous with broader jokes that are never thoughtless, Charles is equally well-received whether delivering jokes in a sports bar or emceeing a gala for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Not many people have both on their resume!

Doors open 7:00pm. Local poets shayne avec i grec and CV Poet Laureate Natalie Nickerson open the show at 7:30. Your MC for the evening, past Comox Valley Poet Laureate Kevin Flesher.


Friday, June 23

4:00 – 5:30 Village of Cumberland Guided Walking Tour

From the great fires and the great strikes, to lavish parties, war time injustices and small pox isolation houses – a lively glimpse into the history and folklore of the village. Tour Guide – Meaghan Cursons. Leaves from the Cumberland Museum and Archives –  By Donation. 

7:00 – 10:00   Songs of the Workers

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! OAP Hall. By Donation.

Saturday, June 24

9:00 – 11:00 Pancake Breakfast

All are welcome. C.R.I. Hall. By Donation. 

10:30 – 11:30 Workshop

Karver Everson, K’omoks and Kwakwaka’wakw artist, and Keisha Everson, teacher and member of the K’omoks First Nation, present on the history of the region from before contact into post contact and present day, identity and what it means to be a First Nations person today, and the significance of cultural objects within a cultural family.


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.

1:00 – 2:30 Speakers and performers, laying of bouquets at Ginger Goodwin’s grave and miner’s row. Cumberland Municipal Cemetery.

2:45 – 3:15 Laying of roses and commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the uprooting of the Japanese Canadian communities from Cumberland. Japanese Cemetery – Union Road.

4:00 – 5:30 ‘Big Strike’ Walking Tour

Learn about the people, buildings, institutions, and sites wrapped up in the “Big Strike” of 1912 – 1914, when 3500 workers  between Cumberland and Ladysmith were off the job due to unsafe working conditions.  Tour Guide – Marianne Bell. Leaves from the museum.

6:00 Community Supper

Attendees and community members gather for a big community supper with music, readings, speakers and more.

Guest speaker John Price, UVIC professor of history and director of the project Asian Canadians on Vancouver Island: Race, Indigeneity and the Transpacific presents stories from the project and the exhibit, ‘150 Years and Counting: Fighting for Justice on the Coast’.

$20 p/ticket. $17 for students, youth, and low income.

ALL Weekend

Exhibit – 150 Years and Counting: Fighting for Justice on the Coast

Sharing the stories of First Nations, Asian-Canadians, and their allies who fought for justice on the coastal, unceded territories of the Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth, and Kwakwaka’waka peoples, over the past 150 years. Unsung champions for justice. Featured at the Cumberland Museum and Archives throughout the month of June.