Miners Memorial Weekend June 22 – 24, 2017

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 2017. Please note that the MMW Committee is moving forward with programming and event and further details will be added over the coming weeks.  



7:00  Charles Demers: Marrying The Highly Silly with The Highly Cerebral! Charles Demers is an author, stand-up comedian and adjunct professor of creative writing at The University of British Columbia. He 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.

Cumberland Cultural Centre. Tickets are available at the Cumberland Museum and Archives. They will also be available online shortly. (Adult $20 / Members $15 / Low Income $10) * Language Warning. Not recommended for children. 


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.


9:00 – 11:00 Pancake Breakfast: All are welcome. C.R.I. Hall. By Donation. 

10:30 – 11:30 Workshop: TBD

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. Bouquets will be available for purchase online in April. 

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 ‘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.

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

6:00 Community Supper: Attendees and community members gather for a big community supper with music, readings, speakers and more. $20 p/ticket. $17 for students, youth, and low income. Supper tickets will be available online in April.