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.
2018 marks the hundred-year anniversary of the shooting 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, the re-enactment of Goodwin’s funeral procession down Dunsmuir Avenue, and other engaging programming throughout Miners Memorial, June 22 to 24. 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 contemporary context, to a wide audience.
All are welcome to join us for this important weekend of solidarity, celebration, and remembrance.
Programming is still underway, but below are a few highlights so far…
FRIDAY, June 22
Workshops, presentations, walking tours, and hands-on art activities during the day.
SONGS OF THE WORKERS: This Friday Night tradition welcomes local and visiting musicians to share songs and poems in the working class tradition. Labour standards, old songs, new songs, songs of work, struggle, triumph and revolution! This cabaret style event serves up locally brewed beer, Riders Pizza, and fantastic company!
SATURDAY, June 23
Pancake breakfast, graveside vigil, the re-creation of the funeral procession, programming and BBQ at Cumberland Village Park, evening entertainment.
The afternoon graveside vigil at the Cumberland Cemetery features 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 to fallen miners and their families.
RE-ENACTMENT OF GINGER GOODWIN’S FUNERAL PROCESSION:
This iconic photograph taken in 1918 paints a vivid picture. Friends, neighbours, and fellow workers both shocked and outraged did not go to work, but rather gathered on Dunsmuir Avenue to form a procession over a mile long to walk Goodwin’s body to his final resting place. The procession was led by a brass band and Goodwin’s casket was carried by mourners.
The re-enactment of Albert Goodwin’s funeral procession early evening Saturday, will be the pivotal event of the weekend. Performers will head the procession along with a brass band all in period costume. Union members, workers and families, artists, activists, and community members will march down Dunsmuir Avenue to Cumberland Village Park where historical quotes, newspaper articles, poetry and song will be shared from the stage. Live music and a BBQ will follow.
SUNDAY, June 24
ARTISTS SYMPOSIUM: Artists connected to the ‘Goodwin’s Reach’ exhibit featured at the Cumberland Museum and Archives, along with theatre professionals and authors who have created works based on the Ginger Goodwin story, will speak to the significance of Goodwin’s legacy while sharing their creative process and samples from their works.
- 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 (Registration to come soon)
(a representative can do this on your unions behalf if you are unable to attend)
- Contact us to discuss sponsorship opportunities with exciting perks
- Perform at the Songs of the Workers open mic
- Make plans to join us!
CUMBERLAND LAKE PARK: Located on the shores of Comox Lake and offering a food concession, swimming, campsites and RV sites. 250 336 8593. For alternative accommodations and more, visit cumberlandbc.info