Miners Memorial Weekend June 16-18

June 2017

Locations throughout Cumberland

For 31 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.

 

BELOW IS THE SCHEDULE FOR MMW 2016. 

CLICK HERE to order bouquets, purchase supper tickets, or make a donation online.

Select MMD2016_registration_form to open a printable registration form which can be mailed to: Cumberland Museum and Archives, Box 258, Cumberland B.C. V0R 1S0.

Select MMD_2016_Brochure_SM to open a PDF of the brochure.

THURSDAY, JUNE 16

6:30  Reception: Celebrating the release of the new documentary by Neil Vokey ‘Goodwin’s Way’. Cumberland Museum and Archives. All Welcome. 

7:30 Goodwin’s Way Film: Goodwin’s Way is a documentary exploring the post-industrial coal town of Cumberland, B.C., where a community must decide whether its troubled past will hold them back, or inspire their way forward. Will residents rise to follow Goodwin’s Way? A lead-up event for early arrivals, and community members. Cumberland United Church. By Donation. 

FRIDAY, JUNE 17

11:00 – 4:45   BCLHC Listening Booth Oral History Project: Each year, the people attending Miners’ Memorial Weekend help keep this annual tradition of honouring working people alive. Your story is important and we want to hear it! Sign up for a 20 minute interview in our “listening booth” at the museum. Together we can record stories and memories about MMW and the labour movement for future generations. Sign up online HERE, or email outreach@cumberlandmuseum.ca for further information. Drop-in sessions will also be accommodated when possible.

1:00 – 4:00   BCLHC Oral History Workshop: Educating working people on conducting their own oral history interviews, in relationship with the B.C. Labour Heritage Centre’s Oral History Project. Facilitator – Bailey Garden. Cumberland OAP Hall. By Donation – Sliding Scale $5 – $20. 

For further information on the workshop, download a PDF information sheet by clicking this link: BCLHC-OralHistoryWorkshopInfo-Sheet-MinersMemorial.

CLICK HERE to complete our online registration form. Be sure to register early, as there is limited space.

2:00 – 3:30   Reading: Richard Somerset Mackie is well known for his  books on the industrial history of the Comox Valley. Join Richard for “From Miners to Loggers: Mining Families in the Vancouver Island Mountains, 1930-1960”, a talk based on his book ‘ Mountain Timber’. In partnership with the the Writers’ Union of Canada.  Cumberland Museum and Archives –  By Donation. 

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. 

6:45 – 7:00   Joe Naylor Dedication: Join us in dedicating a plaque outside the museum in honour of organizer Joe Naylor. With support from the Pacific Northwest Labour History Association and the B.C. Labour Heritage Centre. Cumberland Museum and Archives. All Welcome.

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 18

9:00 – 11:00 Pancake Breakfast: All are welcome. C.R.I. Hall. By Donation.  * Sponsored by Zocalo Cafe!

10:00 – 12:00   BCLHC Listening Booth Oral History Project: Each year, the people attending Miners’ Memorial Weekend help keep this annual tradition of honouring working people alive. Your story is important and we want to hear it! Sign up for a 20 minute interview in our “listening booth” at the museum. Together we can record stories and memories about MMW and the labour movement for future generations. Sign up online HERE, or email outreach@cumberlandmuseum.ca for further information. Drop-in sessions will also be accommodated when possible.

10:30 – 11:30 Book Presentation: Laura Ellyn, a writer and editor based in Montreal, presents from her new graphic novel, Ginger Goodwin: A Worker’s Friend, about the life and death of Vancouver Island’s most well-known labour martyr.

GRAVESIDE VIGIL. 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. CLICK HERE for online bouquet registration.

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 flowers at the Japanese Cemetery.

4:00 – 5:30 Guided Museum Tour: Discover the “People’s Museum” of Cumberland – The rich, the poor, the powerful, the rebellious, the righteous and the radical. Cumberland Museum and Archives. By Donation.

6:00 Community Supper: Attendees and community members gather for a big community supper with music, readings, speakers and more. This year’s keynote speaker is Wedlidi Speck, a hereditary chief of the Namgis First Nation.
$20 p/ticket. $17 for students, youth, and low income. Supper tickets are available at the door.

SUNDAY, JUNE 19

10:00 – 11:30 ‘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.

Proceeds from the Miners Memorial Weekend support the Cumberland Museum’s operations, programming, and exhibit development.